West 25 Waterloo 30

By Dave Picken - November 25 2012
West 25 Waterloo 30
Try It’s going to be a long hard fight if we are to get ourselves out of this mess. Cruising at half time we failed to score a single point in the second half as Waterloo showed more spirit to clinch what had seemed a very unlikely victory ...


Anth Carr started the game in place of Ian Pinchen, who was unavailable,  and big Ben Lloyd made a rare appearance on the bench.

Waterloo had given us a shock in the first half when they scored after five minutes.

We had attacked from the kick off but as the ball went along the back line in the visiting 22 a pass went straight to centre Freeman Payne who galloped sixty yards before offloading to full back James O’Brien. He went in under the posts.

Stu Waites slotted two penalties as we fought back before Adam Coates and Andrew Davies both scored from close range as our pack dominated.

Waites converted Davies’ try on 23 minutes to make it 18-7 and we looked good for the win.

Liam Reeve pulled back a penalty for the visitors, but right on half time the game looked won  when Paul Moss sent in Luke Watson from close range with Waites adding the conversion to make it 25-10 at the break.

It should have been game over. However, Waterloo who plugged away as we gave away more and more penalties.  

Two penalties for Reeve put the visitors in range and then they got their own pushover try via hooker Alick Croft.

The conversion brought the score to 25-23 with the next try crucial. Sadly, we couldn’t  get in the opposition half for the next ten minutes, and it  was no surprise when an angled kick into the corner from Reeve was touched down by winger Dan King. Reeve then managed a fine conversion from the touchline

With four minutes left we did mount a late rally but a penalty for holding on was enough for Waterloo to clear the danger.

West Colin Cheslin, Scott Butcher, Luke Watson, Paul Moss,  Peter Youll, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter [Andrew Foreman 40],  Anth Carr [Andrew Dixon 50], Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Andrew Davies, Michael Hogan [Ben Lloyd 40], Nathan Myers, Dan Boatman [capt], Jon Boatman,

Waterloo: James O'Brien, Daniel King, Freeman Payne, Sean Colbourne, Andrew Trotter, Liam Reeve, Thomas Holloway, Sean Gibney, Alick Croft, Anthony Harvey, Daniel Frost, Ryan Mackie, Oliver Nevin, Carl Nolan, Jack Weare. Reps: Alex Read, Mark Murray, John Cunningham.


West 25 Waterloo 30
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
25/11/2012 12:41
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Re: West 25 Waterloo 30
26/11/2012 10:15
Still can't quite believe this game to be honest.
What we need to do is put it behind us and take the positives. We can compete in this league but we need to do it for 80 minutes not switch on and off.
Put the effort in in training and on the pitch and you will get results. Simple.

Re: West 25 Waterloo 30
Westy Till I Die (IP Logged)
26/11/2012 11:12
Can't understand why we made changes to the team at half time when we were clearly the better team. It seemed to disrupt our rhythm and let Waterloo back into a game they were clearly going to lose

Re: West 25 Waterloo 30
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
26/11/2012 11:33
Think that question does need answering

Re: West 25 Waterloo 30
26/11/2012 11:40
Anth Carr was obviously blowing a bit as he hasn't played this season and bringing Andy Foreman on does not normally weaken the team.
There are some established players who are out of sorts at the moment and that was the main reason we couldn't lift our game. Let's not name names and get behind the coaches, the players and the club.

Re: West 25 Waterloo 30
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
26/11/2012 11:48
Having Anth back is a big boost for the club as a whole. I think people are just wondering what happened at half time to cause the turn in the game? I dont think anyone is stirring or trying to make a divide or anything

Re: West 25 Waterloo 30
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
27/11/2012 15:23
It's like England's decision to kick three points at the end of last weekend's game when they should have kicked for touch - if it works, the decision was brilliant, if it fails, you got it wrong.
It's frustrating for West because they are a better team than the table suggests. All they have to do is prove it.

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