West 36 Morpeth 22

By Dave Picken - September 15 2013
West 36 Morpeth 22
Butcher Six tries to one is a more then decent start to the home league season as is the bonus point which comes with them ...

However, on the hour mark the Northumbrians has reduced the gap to nine points thanks to a succcession of penalties, and the West of old might have started to show some nerves. Instead, wey came back with two excellent tries to secure the win and move into second place in the table.

We began the game in some disarray dropping the kick from the start, losing our first line-out throw and the first put in at the scrum, so it was no surprise when Morpeth went ahead through a Jinks penalty from the 22.

But that was the last time the visitors were to be in the lead.  We worked our way into the Morpeth half with the pack forcing their opponents back onto their own line.

When the ball was eventually spun out to Stu Waites he dummied his pass stepping passed two tackles to go over from 10 metres and set him up for an easy conversion.

We continued to press with Morpeth losing centre James Phillips to the sin bin for a high tackle quickly followed by our second try.

This time the pack kept the ball at their feet from a scrum close to the Morpeth line.  Jonny Boatman was the man to touch down Waites adding the extras with an excellent kick from wide on the left.

Morpeth were in some disarray and lost hooker Liam Carmichael to the bin on 20 minutes for deliberately killing the ball as West pressured the line.

The home side were not to be denied and we opted for the scrum instead of an easy shot at the posts. The decision paid off as the pack once again shoved their opponents backwards, and this time it was No 8 Sam Miller who touched the ball down with Waites narrowly missing the conversion.

Jinks reduced the arrears with a penalty, but we were on the scent of the bonus point and it came just before the break.

A high clearance kick was taken by Scott Butcher just inside the Morpeth half. The winger had two players on him but he managed to break their tackles and race towards the 22 where he found Stu Waites on his outside.

The fly half drew the cover and sent full back Luke Mallinson racing along the touchline as he was tackled by full back Rory Gibson he sent in Andrew Cheslin with an inside pass to make  the half time score 24-6.

Morpeth had rarely threatened the West line and it looked like game over until referee Matt Turvey began to penalise for offences at the breakdown, and for our interpretation of the new scrum law.

There were signs of exasperation in the home ranks as the score was pegged back to 25-15. So there was some relief when Scott Butcher got the fifth try of the afternoon.

Again it was one of Morpeth’s many clearance kicks which were their downfall. Luke Mallinson collected in his own half and he sent Jonny Boatman away on one of his trademark sprints through the middle.

When he was brought down we quickly recycled the ball out to the backs  with Butcher racing home from 25 metres.

Waites failed to make the conversion but we were now two  full scores ahead and fully deserved our sixth try in the 73rd minute.

Jay Corbett began the break after quick ball on the half way line. He offloaded to Michael Hogan who made fifteen metres before sending scrum half Ryan Painter galloping over - Waites finishing his range from close to the right touchline.

Morpeth got their consolation try just two minutes from the end when they created a two man overlap on the right and replacement Ben Hornby raced in behind the posts.


West:  Luke Mallinson, Scott Butcher,  Andrew Cheslin, Liam Bailey, Peter Youll,  Stuart Waites, Ryan Painter, Ross Wood ,  Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates,  Michael Hogan,  Dan Boatman [c],  Chris Atkins,  Jon Boatman, Sam Miller Reps: Andrew Dixon, Jay Corbett, Colin Cheslin.

Tries: J Boatman, Waites, Miller, A Cheslin, Butcher, Painter.

Cons: Waites [3]

Yellow: J Boatman (78)

Morpeth: Richie Stephenson, Alex Tait, James Phillips, Paul Wonders,  Ben Turner, Matty Jinks, Richard Flook, Karl Campbell,  Liam Carmichael, Jo Forsythe, James Armstrong, Andy Shippen, Jo Forsythe, Nick Birch, James Defty, Rory Morrison(c). Reps: Robert Wilson, Chris Stodhart, Ben Hornby.

Tries: Hornby

Con: Jinks

Pens: Jinks [5]

Yellow: Phillips [13], Carmichael [22], Birch [67]


Referee: Matt Turvey [Manchester]

West 36 Morpeth 22
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15/09/2013 11:29
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 15/09/2013 12:27 by davepicken.

Re: West 36 Morpeth 22
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
15/09/2013 12:47
Reads as if a good victory despite the second half penalties situation. Can however understand that even in the highest levels it seems that suddenly in games there is a change in decision making of what are deemed offences. As long as we continued on with our game is the main thing!!!It reads as if we did.Think bonus points will become decisive in this league which would appear from the first weeks to be very competative. Congratulations on this bonus point win West and looking forward to hopefully being in town for the Driffield game. Hope we remain on top of our game and with wins until then.

Re: West 36 Morpeth 22
16/09/2013 14:06
Another very good all round display. Well organized, plenty of effort and some decent skills on show. More to come I think.

Re: West 36 Morpeth 22
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
16/09/2013 15:03
Video now added to the match report

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