West 34 Wheatley Hills 15

By El Pedro - March 1 2014
West 34 Wheatley Hills 15 We bounced back from last week's disappointing loss at Alnwick with a six try victory over Wheatley Hills at Brinkburn.

dir="ltr">Despite what the scoreline suggests this was far from our most flowing performance of the season. We did score some excellent tries and while it seems unusual to be suggesting we could have played better with such a resounding scoreline and six tries scored, the truth is it was not an 80 minute performance. In patches we showed how effective an attacking force we can be but plenty more scoring opportunities were not taken and on another day it could have been a much more one-sided final score. Nevertheless, there was plenty to be positive about.


We dominated early possession but the visitors won the battle of the early penalty shots, Jonny Woodcock making one from his two attempts with Stu Waites hooking wide his effort from a very kickable position.


We took the lead on 27 minutes through Adam Coates, the prop keeping up his excellent scoring record against Wheatley Hills. The pressure was put on with 3 consecutive rolling mauls, all resulting in penalties, the second of which saw Hills flanker Stuart Tijanic despatched to the sin-bin and the third being quickly tapped by Colin Cheslin who fed Coates to crash over.


Woodcock slid another shot wide before we stretched our lead further with a try from Michael Hogan. The move started on our 22 with Waites making the initial break before releasing his backs and when the ball reached Luke Maillinson he looked to be heading for the corner only to be tackled short. That tackled was judged high though and from the resulting penalty we tapped again and Hogan finished off. Waites added the conversion.


On the stroke of half-time we were in again, this time Liam Bailey getting us in to good position on the right and when the ball was spread left Ian Pinchen and Coates found themselves in acres of space. With one defender to beat Pinchen threw a dummy and finished off the try, Waites’ conversion hitting the post.


Another Woodcock penalty drifted wide 5 minutes into the second half and this time our response was to add two tries in a matter of minutes. First Peter Youll scored a great winger’s try - receiving the ball in plenty of space on half way with his opposite number to beat and he made no mistake, racing clear to touch down in the left corner. Three minutes later, and just a couple of metres in-field from that spot, Jonny Boatman added the fifth try. Good support play almost saw Bailey in at the corner but when he was stopped short the ball was quickly recycled and Boatman slipped between two defenders to reach over the line.


At 29-3 we should have been comfortable and, with the two quick tries, seemed to have found our stride but we couldn’t keep the momentum going and slowly allowed Wheatley Hills back into the game. WIth both teams heavily penalised throughout it was no surprise when, following two Hills yellow cards in the first half, Owen Bennett became the first West victim of penalty accumulation. When he was followed into the bin by replacement Jay Corbett we were down to 13 men and almost immediately conceded our first score with a rolling maul powering over the line.


Bennett returned but still with a man advantage the visitors put together a nice-counter attack following a loose ball on halfway with winger James Montgomery finishing things off. Woodcock added the conversion to make it 29-15 and it had been quite a turnaround but, with Corbett returned to the game, we snuffed out any hope of a comeback with a rolling maul score of our own - Jonny Boatman emerging from the pile to claim his second try of the afternoon.


That proved to be the final points of the game although a late cameo from Darren Thomas in his old position of scrum-half almost added another score. His dart from a tap penalty inside our own half was metres short of being a superb solo try but the covering defence held him up short and we couldn’t take advantage of the resulting overlap.


We remain at Brinkburn next week to take on bottom of the table Sheffield, who, with victories over fellow strugglers Morpeth and Middlesbrough in the last two weeks, are looking to make a late surge for league safety.

West: Mallinson, Butcher, A Cheslin, Bailey, Youll, Waites, C Cheslin, Pinchen, Rollins, Coates, Hogan, Bennett, Barker, J Boatman, Miller.

Reps: Angus, Corbett, Thomas.


Tries: Coates, Hogan, Pinchen, Youll, J Boatman 2

Cons: Waites 2

YC: Bennett, Corbett

Wheatley Hills: Woodcock, Montgomery, Ajimati, Butler, Blessed, Sanderson, Poste, McMillan, O’Donnell, Fullman, Undy, Brown, Buckenham, Tijanic, White.

Reps: Dent, Oxley, Free


Tries: Fullman, Montgomery

Cons: Woodcock

Pen: Woodcock

YC: Tijanic, Sanderson


Referee: Tim Brown [Liverpool]



West 34 Wheatley Hills 15
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
02/03/2014 10:45
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Re: West 34 Wheatley Hills 15
03/03/2014 09:25
First and foremost this is not a criticism of referees but I have spent the weekend wondering how a fairly contested game suffered by so many penalties being given.
Both sides seemed genuinely baffled including the lads from both sides who were sent to the bin.
I notice that Saturday's ref was from Liverpool. Is it the case that different refs societies interpret the laws in different ways?
If that is not the case who benefits from a referee exchange? I don't thin k it is the players or even the ref himself who gets the sharp edge of everybody frustration.

Re: West 34 Wheatley Hills 15
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
03/03/2014 12:20
"First and foremost this is not a criticism of referees"" >>>> but he was rubbish>>>>

We get the picture WPA>>suppose rubbish refs are why you arent going to get promoted ??>>>
if its any consolation they are probably even worse in D&N>>>>

Re: West 34 Wheatley Hills 15
03/03/2014 14:14
I was hoping that intelligent followers of rugby might have an opinion on different interpretations of the laws in other areas of the country.

Re: West 34 Wheatley Hills 15
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
03/03/2014 14:59
If it wasn't a criticism of referees, what was it?
By the way, he wasn't the best we've had this season.

Re: West 34 Wheatley Hills 15
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
03/03/2014 15:26
Video now added

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