West 10 Sandal 33

By Dave Picken - January 13 2013
West 10 Sandal 33
Cheslin Try Another top side, another brave fight, another lesson in finishing. For the second week in a row we competed well but this time we had too many turnovers and some rotten luck  ...

 

At half time we were just four points adrift and a shock was certainly possible, but for the second week in a row the opposition benefitted from  two “gift” tries.

In the 54th minute the Sandal backs threw the ball out on the half way line, however one pass was at least a metres forward  - but there was no whistle. Sandal gratefuly continued with hooker Jamie Heron finishing off the move.

Peter Stentiford was aware he may have missed something and  called both skippers over before the restart. He explained  that he’d been dodging an altercation between West's Ryan Painter and Sandal’s Rob Norbury and had not been in a position to see the passage of play.

Six minutes later our fate was sealed by a similar controversial incident.

 West attacked 15 metres into the Sandal half with Stu Waites evading two tackles and seeking to find Adam Coates on his left.

The West players maintained that Coates was tackled before the ball reached him. However, the upshot was that Sandal grabbed possession and speedy centre Simon Frewin raced in from 50 metres.

Wet had begun the game in fine style only to go behind on the quarter hour. A missed tackle on stand off Greg Wood allowed him to avoid the cover and set up a conversion  for himself.

We came back and did finally manage our first tryin 2013. It came after 25 minutes when Waites held his pass long enough for a gap to open up, which he raced through to set Jonny Boatman up on an inside run.

He drew the cover and lobbed a pass over full back Tom Coad and into the hands of Colin Cheslin who gratefully dived over.

Waites added the points to level the scores and added a penalty on the half time whistle, but by then Sandal had restored their lead through winger Alex Orr.

We again had plenty of ball in the second half, but were up against a defence drilled by former rugby league players and rarely threatened.

By contrast Sandal’s pacy backs always looked menacing. With the last move of the game they rounded the score off when Frewin showed a burst of real speed to race round the cover. He went in at  the left corner with Wood adding a fine touchline conversion.

West: Colin Cheslin, Peter Youll, Andrew Foreman, Greg Edwards, Scott Butcher, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter, Ian Pinchen, Andrew Dixon, Ross Wood, Nathan Myers, Michael Hogan, Sam Miller, Dan Boatman [capt], Jon Boatman. Reps: Adam Coates, Andrew Cheslin, Jay Corbett.

Tries: Colin Cheslin

Con: St Waites

Pen: Stu Waites

Yellow: Dan Boatman [77 mins]

Sandal: Tom Coad,  Alex Orr,  Simon Frewin,  Dave Martin,  James Ellar,  Greg Wood (capt),  Max Whittingham,  Luke Norbury, Jamie Heron,  Rob Norbury,  Austen Thompson,  James Stewart,  Sean Maguire, Jonny Gatus, Sam Whittingham. Reps: Ash Norbury, James Riley, Dan McCormack

 

 Triues: Simon Frewin [2], Orr, Heron, Wood.

Cons: Wood: [4]

Referee: Peter Stentiford

 
West 10 Sandal 33
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
13/01/2013 10:34
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Re: West 10 Sandal 33
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
13/01/2013 11:17
There was a blatant forward pass, at least 2 metres, before one of the first-half tries, too. When your luck's out, it stays out.
There's no way that scoreline truly reflected the game, though the best team did win in the end.
I just hope the team's collective head doesn't go down and they keep battling as they are right to the end of the season ... the youth of the squad suggests a bright future, even if the present isn't so good.

 
Re: West 10 Sandal 33
Westwatch (IP Logged)
13/01/2013 12:14
Dear god! The picken propoganda machine is really working overtime here. I've never read such a bunch of total science fiction in my life. What game were you looking at?
Enjoy your relegation.

 
Re: West 10 Sandal 33
davepicken (IP Logged)
13/01/2013 12:38
Hi Aled. I think we've already established that you are busy elsewhere on Saturday afternoons and don't get to West games.
Must admit I was busy videoing this game and didn't get a chance to make notes as El Pedro was going to do his usual match report.
However, the El Pedros are about to have a happy event so I had to cobble something together which may be short on detail, but I think it captures the general tenor of the game.
As well as actually being at the game I also had the chance to have a chat to the referee who once again had a very good game, and who was happy enough amnd honest enough to explain any errors he might have made.



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Re: West 10 Sandal 33
Names on the frame (IP Logged)
13/01/2013 14:06
Aled, Aled who the @#%$ is Aled. Full name please

 
Re: West 10 Sandal 33
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
13/01/2013 17:44
I agree with Dave Picken - and I was there, too. Sandal looked a classy side right from the off and it was a bit like the Harrogate game, tough defence with a few opportunities. I don't think the result was ever in question, but with the rub of the green we may have been able to put a bit more pressure on.

' .....(West) rarely threatened.By contrast Sandal’s pacy backs always looked menacing. '

How biased does DP's match report need to be!!

I don't usually like to comment on players' performances but I thought Sam Miller was immense.

And although once again I was not invited to the picnic, credit to Mally W. for the following:

'Can you take a quick scrum? Well why make such a stupid comment, then?'

The silence was deafening.

 
Re: West 10 Sandal 33
14/01/2013 10:49
For a lot of this team it is their first foray into league rugby. They are learning very quickly and most importantly showing a never say die attitude. Credit to them.

 
Re: West 10 Sandal 33
Toby Jug (IP Logged)
14/01/2013 21:47
I need to play but I'm way too unfit. Is there a seventh team?

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