West 21 Rovers 10

By El Pedro - December 27 2012
West 21 Rovers 10
Man of the Match The traditional Boxing Day derby proved a welcome distraction from league rugby as we recorded our first win since the end of October. Tries from Stu Waites, Sam Miller and Jon Boatman secured a vital victory as we look to turn our season around.

The latter few months of 2012 have been forgettable both on and off the pitch but hopefully this win can be a morale boosting one and something to take forward into 2013 as we try and preserve National League status.

On paper we were always favourites but it was far from one way traffic with Rovers putting in a gutsy performance, particularly in defence where they competed ferociously at the ruck, slowing ball down and disrupting any attacking rhythm we established.

The players and coaches are likely to be disappointed not to win by a bigger margin - we were held up over the line twice and dropped balls just short of the line on at least two other occasions - but this told the story of Rovers’ defensive effort, they didn’t give anything away and all three tries came after sustained pressure.

We dominated possession and territory in both halves but Rovers led 3-0 through a Chris Sainty penalty midway through the first period. We hammered away at the Rovers defensive line and it took until 32 minutes for it to be breached when Stu Waites slipped through a gap between two defenders to touch down by the right hand post. He added the simple conversion but couldn’t extend the lead on the stroke of half-time with a longer range penalty that drifted across the face of the posts.

The second half was much the same story as the first - these derby games rarely produce highly entertaining rugby and this was no exception. Rovers continued to work hard in defence and stopped us gaining much continuity in our attack. Our best moments came in the early minutes of the half, a series of forward runs working the ball upfield before Sam Miller crashed over, Waites again adding the conversion.

It always looked a long way back for the visitors after this try but it took until 5 minutes from time for us to add a clinching score. With Carl Robinson boosting the scrum off the bench our pack drove Rovers back over their own line leaving Jon Boatman a simple touch down at the base. Waites once again made no mistake and added the extras.

Rovers were determined to go down with a fight and spent the last 5 minutes of the game firmly on the offensive. Our defence held on and eventually pushed play back out to the edge of the 22 but a series of penalties kept the visiting attack going. Eventually Michael Barnfield decided to chip and chase and Ian Pinchen’s late tackle resulted in referee Carl Hall awarding a penalty try. It was a fortuitous consolation but rewarded the visitors for manfully sticking to their task.

West: C Cheslin, Youll, Foreman, Edwards, Butcher, Waites, Painter, Pinchen, A Dixon, Coates, Hogan, Myers, S Miller, D Boatman, J Boatman:
Reps: C Robinson, Robson, Corbett, G Robinson, Southern, T Armstrong

Tries: Waites, Miller, J Boatman
Cons: Waites 3
YC: J Boatman, D Boatman, Pinchen.

Rovers: Sainty, Gunn, Evens, Coulson, Smith, Barnfield, Pelser, Little, Cushlow, Wise, Hanley, Pinchen, Church, Maddison, Dring.
Reps: Whitehead, Tucker, L Armstrong, Gallagher, Hogg, Stephenson, Buttery.

Try: Penalty
Con: Sainty
Pen: Sainty
YC: Maddison, Hanley, Gallagher

Referee: Carl Hall (Durham)

West 21 Rovers 10
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
27/12/2012 16:19
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Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Ex Ref (IP Logged)
27/12/2012 17:32
Its a long time since my last Boxing day trip and no one could fault the effort from both sides.

However a lot of the action was spoilt by a referee who
played it by the book, did not allow for the "Boxing Day Rivallry" and the spirit of the game. Why do we constantly see referees being "Assessed" taking away there better judgement on the day, at the time, and understanding the players thoughts.

The first yellow card involving the dark haired player from West and the Blonde Haired player from Rovers (sorry dont know names) gave no side any advantage and could have been dealt with another way.

Im glad he wasnt around a few years ago at proper west/rovers derbies. Sevens anyone!

Best of luck to both sides and i might be back in a couple of years.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Hit Man (IP Logged)
27/12/2012 21:11
The Ref was not being assessed, and if anything he was a bit lenient when he should have played it by the book!! Well said about the first 2 yellow cards, no advantage to either side, that was the point!! the players needed to cool down, who knows what could have happened if they have stayed on the field, at the end of the day both sides need all the players they can get and with the current sightings the last thing West need is for one of their players being red carded and missing for a number of league games or even worse, injured by an opponent player who the Ref DID not deal with , with a yellow card, yellow cards are a tool best used when needed, wrong or right the game ended with all players from both sides finishing the game unscathed and ready to play next week..Well done to both teams.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
28/12/2012 15:45
If the ref wasn't being assessed, who was the young lad walking round the touchline with a clipboard (don't you just love clipboards?) who, I'm reliably informed, told people he was the assessor?

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Hit Man (IP Logged)
28/12/2012 17:32
The young lad with the clipboard is a young Durham Referee who asked if he could listen in for the purpose of his development. He also took and fed back statistics to the clubs coaches which are helpful for coaching. (Clipboards!! Owe what a modern and sophisticated world we live in)!!

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Peter Wilkinson (IP Logged)
28/12/2012 17:49
That was tony Jenkins from Seaton Carew,probably taking a few notes for later discussion.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
aquinn (IP Logged)
28/12/2012 21:57
From what i saw it was a typical Boxing Day game. Both sides giving it all and it was reasonably close but by far the better team won. On the Rovers site, they reckon Rovers were the better team and whingeing about the £5 entry fee.
Also on their website, you cannot post a reply to the deluded crap on there!!! Note for Bill Dale also***** Bill, if your that upset over the fiver entry, i will put £2 behind the bar for you ok??

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 29/12/2012 08:38 by aquinn.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Sir Alex Fergy (IP Logged)
29/12/2012 09:41
When I made the "wee club" comment I was referring to Hartlepool Rovers RFC.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Peter Wilkinson (IP Logged)
29/12/2012 11:54
I enjoyed my fivers worth,two commited teams giving their all for town bragging rights just like it always is.
Bring back new years day games I say

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
West Jr (IP Logged)
29/12/2012 12:52
Is there going to be a video added?

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Great idea (IP Logged)
29/12/2012 15:48
Should do New Year's Day game! The players who didn't play in the Boxing Day game! 2/3rd team fixture!

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
02/01/2013 14:36
Video now added to the match report. Sorry for the delay

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 12:05
why did this game kick off so late it was nearly pitch black by the time it finished>>>either kick off at 1.00 in future or transfer it to a ground which has proper lights and facilities>>> now where would that be?>>>

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
You loose (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 12:32
Tell you what supercockhead your running out of your normal witty sarcasm quickly. I'd expect that comment from a child you tool.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 12:42
read it again>> it is a serious point as you can see by the video>>>
and another thing>>>I couldnt go back through the family wood carryon because it was so dark>>

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 12:44
and yet another thing>> if youre going to charge a fiver to get in you have a duty to make sure the spectators can see whats going on>>>the ref obviously couldnt see either>>.

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 12:44
not that I paid of course>>>>

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On the light side (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 16:08
Late KO was becausec all your lot were either still doing their Community Payback or still in a police cell.

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Clearview (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 16:22
Everyone managed to see your pack getting shunted back at a rate of knots for 80 minutes!

Re: West 21 Rovers 10
03/01/2013 16:49
Can we all share a New Year's Resolution to ignore him?

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On the light side (IP Logged)
03/01/2013 17:22
Good point clearview. I have never seen a front row get lifted and pummelled as easy as the Rovers front row did on Boxing Day.

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