West 22 Penrith 15

By Dave Picken - March 10 2013
West 22 Penrith 15
Nathan Myers At last a win and it was no fluke. In awful conditions the young West pack tormented the experienced visitors in the second half - harrying their way to a victory which had the relieved players cheering at the final whistle.

It was all the more remarkable because it was achieved with two 17 year olds in the back row for the final quarter – the period of the game where West have capitulated in recent weeks.

One of the youngsters,  Joe Myers [no relation to the Andy and Julie Myers dynasty] had turned up expecting to play for the fourth team against Middlesbrough. However, a back injury in the warm up to second row Andy Robson gave him his chance from the bench.

He came on for the final twenty minutes and made some great tackles and won several balls on the floor.

It didn’t begin too well as we were playing into the stiff breeze and driving rain. Veteran Penrith fly half Steve Wood orchestrating things with some excellent kicking to the corner.

Second row Ryan Johnson got the visitors  first try on the quarter hour after pressure on the line but Wood’s conversion was wide.

He made no mistake with a penalty before belying his years with a trademark interception try from the halfway  as we had  looked to spin the ball out to the wing.  His conversion made it 15—0 to the visitors without the home side barely having threatened.

That all changed as the half drew to a close. Ryan Painter, who was having one of his best games of the season, decided to have a go from a tap penalty just inside the visiting 22. He managed to shrug off three tackles before forcing his way over next to the posts to set up an easy conversion for Stu Waites.

The half time score of 15-7 lifted our spirits as we turned round with the elements at our backs in the second half.

It took only five minutes to reduce the arrears to just three points with Nathan Myers forcing his way over from a atke at the rrear of the line-out as we camped on the try line

The next score was the important one and it came from Peter Hodgson - playing his first game of the season because of injury and work commitments.

The experienced centre had already taken a nasty knock to the face, but returned to score a try by virtue of running a great inside line.  Waites converted as the home side took the lead for the first time in the game.

Our tails were up and Penrith were looking a pale shadow of their former selves as the young West pack chased and harried everything.

We almost got a deserved try  bonus point but referee Hatim Tall ruled that Andrew Rollins had been held up.

It didn’t affect the result as  Waites struck a penalty from 25 metres with just three minutes left


West: Colin Cheslin, Luke Mallinson, Andrew Cheslin, Peter Hodgson, Greg Edwards, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter, Ian Pinchen, Andrew Dixon, Adam Coates, Nathan Myers, Jay Corbett, Alex Barker, Sam Miller, Dan Boatman. Reps: Joe Myers, Andrew Rollins, Tom Armstrong.

Tries: Painter, N. Myers, Hodgson.

Cons: Waites [2]. Pens Waites [p1]

Penrith: Ed Swale,  Kris Bratton, Mike Hawley, Neil Warnock, Ben Littleton, Steve Wood,   Paul Newton,  Ian McDowell,  James Thornton,  Craig Rumney,  Glenn Carr,   Ryan Johnson,  James Sanderson, Mike Stephens,   Gary Hodgson. Reps: Craig Price, Dan Richardson, Nick Benson.

Tries: Johnson, Wood.

Cons: Wood [1] Pens. Wood [1]

Yellow: Carr, Newton.


Referee: Hatim Tall.

West 22 Penrith 15
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10/03/2013 14:37
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Re: West 22 Penrith 15
MikeyBoy (IP Logged)
11/03/2013 09:45
good performance. well deserved

Re: West 22 Penrith 15
11/03/2013 13:07
Thanks for the report and the video. Fraid the weather got the better of me and it looks like it was a right mudbath.
Well done to the lads lets go on and finish the season with a flourish.

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