Penrith 21 West 13

By Dave Picken - November 4 2012
Penrith 21 West 13 If you get 70 per cent of possession in rugby you normally win - not this time. At the start of the second half we were camped in the Penrith twenty two for a 18 minutes – but didn’t get a single point from it.


The West forwards were held up  over the line three times in this spell and Penrith lost flanker Mike Stephens to the sin bin for repeated infringing but a combination of resolute defending and poor decision making from the visitors led to the inevitable sucker punch with Penrith scoring when they di eventually break free.

Penrith did begin in a lively fashion. Their pack may have been pushed around by West for most of the game but they have a lively set of backs who run the ball from all over the pitch.

They went ahead with a try on six minutes when West conceded a penalty close to the left touchline. Instead of taking a shot at goal fly half Steve Wood angled his kick for the far corner where winger Jon Fell beat West’s Steve Jones to the touchdown. Wood then converted form close to the line.

We did come back with two long range penalties from Stu Waites to make it 7-6 at half time.

The West pack then did its job in corralling Penrith on their own line from the restart, and a converted try then would surely have seen West coming home with the points.

Time and again we picked and drove only to be repulsed or held up.

The siege of Winters Park finally ended on the hour mark with a clearance punt but Penrith didn't get into the West 22 until ten minutes later.

Iinevitably they scored. Speedy full back Mike Hawley came into the line and two missed tackles saw him race in for converted try.

A dispirited West then let him do it again six minutes later to seal an unlikely win for the home side.

We did finally cross the line but it was in the 80th minute after Stu Waites slipped two defenders on the halfway line and sent in stand-in skipper Luke Watson from 40 metres. It wasn't mjuch of a consolation after what had gone before.


Penrith: M. Hawley, J Fell, G Young, N Warenock, E Swale, S Wood, B Littleton, L McDowell, J Thornton, G Carr, P Gardham, R Johnson, G Hodgson, M Stephens, M Raine. Reps: C Rumney, J Hogg, S. Harrison.

Tries: Jj Fell , M Hawley [2]

Cons: S. Wood [3].

Yellow: M Stephens

West: Ryan Painter, Peter Youll, Andrew Cheslin, Luke Watson, Steve Jones, Stu Waites, Andrew Foreman, Adam Coates, Andrew Dixon, Andrew Rollins, Andrew Davies, Michael Hogan, Nathan Myers, Jon Boatman, Stewart Grazier. Reps: Andy Robson, Ian Pinchen, Scott Butcher.

Tries: Watson [1]

Cons. Waites 1. Pens Waites [2]

Referee Dean Walker


Penrith 21 West 13
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 09:33
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Re: Penrith 21 West 13
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 11:17
Sounds as if other than finishing off the opponents the performance was still very sound which would be the good news. It just shows what we could be capable of and the clubs in this league we are capable of beating. Pity we couldn't get at least the losing bonus point. Next two weeks we must aim at maximum points!!! Hard luck to all involved keep the endeavour going and those vital points will come.

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
oseander (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 19:01
......and two missed tackles led to a score. This seems a regular part of reports this season

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
Doyle Malone (IP Logged)
04/11/2012 20:17
I would imagine that it would part of many reports for many clubs as missed tackles often result in opposition scoring tries.

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
05/11/2012 10:25
I am afraid we well have to start turning all of this pressure into points as we are now third bottom again.

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
05/11/2012 12:16
how many times do we have to read that the best side lost>>>they scored tries you scored one>>>you lost>>how many teams go down from this league??>>

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
Nice burnt out stand! (IP Logged)
05/11/2012 17:08
42, I think? Not sure about that

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
hogan1 (IP Logged)
08/11/2012 15:59

photos from the game.

Re: Penrith 21 West 13
Chocky's Butler (IP Logged)
09/11/2012 10:13
I'll have a look. Might be able to cite someone .

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