West 19 Rovers 10

By El Pedro - December 27 2014
West 19 Rovers 10 Boxing Day derbies are rarely a great spectacle and this was no exception, with our 19-10 victory well deserved and hard fought but lacking some of the quality we have shown at home throughout 2014.


Mallinson break Rovers

A decent sized crowd at Brinkburn were treated to a display full of effort but missing the edge and aggression of the rivalry which appears to have diminished in recent years.


That said our defence was excellent throughout and bar Rovers’ try three minutes from time held up to some lengthy periods of visitors pressure. Attackers were being driven back in the tackles and pressure in the backline led to several handling errors, breaking up attacks.


Going forward we looked the more dangerous with ball in hand but didn’t display the continuity needed to run in a bigger score. This was not helped by a stop-start game littered with penalties and messy scrums which inevitably ended with a free-kick or penalty after several resets. One thing important in games like these is to accumulate points and we did convert most of our visits into the 22 with a score which ensured we were never under significant pressure on the scoreboard and could be happy letting Rovers have the ball and make our tackles.


An interception a-piece set up an early attack for both sides. First Peter Youll raced away only for the attack to be halted by a penalty for holding on and then David Grand broke for Rovers from inside his own half only to trip as he tried to cut inside the last defender. Daz Fawcett opened the scoring with a penalty after 5 minutes.


With 10 minutes gone Chris Atkins took us into the lead [pictured] when he went in untouched for a try taking a nice inside pass from Zac Southern who added the conversion.


A lengthy series of scrums inside the Rovers 22 eventually resulted in a penalty try when the ball was kicked out of the scrum just before Sam Miller was going to touch down. It was an inevitable end to a passage of play which had also seen Rovers second row Anthony Hanley yellow carded.


Attacking impetus for Rovers improved with the introduction of Josh Bragman at fly-half after the break but ultimately they couldn’t find the cutting edge to break through for a score and were relying on missed tackles to break through the West defensive line.


The next score seemed like it would decide the game but it took 25 minutes of the second half to arrive. An excellent looping pass capitalised on an overlap and allowed Luke Mallinson to race over into the left corner. With Southern and Waites both off the field his own conversion attempt drifted wide.


Rovers were finally rewarded for their attacking efforts with 3 minutes remaining. Having had several mauls held up over the line, replacement back row Michael Foster finished off another forward drive with Bragman converting.


West: Waites, Jamieson, Butcher, Youll, Mallinson, Southern, Painter, Wood, Rollins, Coates, Corbett, Atkins, Bailey, Boatman, Miller.

Reps: Barker, Angus, Rafferty, Hogan, Baggs, Jackson, Edwards, Johnston, Quinn.


Tries: Atkins [10], Penalty [34], Mallinson [65]

Cons: Southern 2 [10, 34]

YC: Atkins


Rovers: Austwicke, Grand, Gunn, Coulson, Smith, Fawcett, Barnfield, Bunting, A Flounders, Little, Hanley, Langley, Church, Maddison, Wilson.

Reps: I Flounders, Tucker, Grazier, Foster, Baxter, Bragman


Try: Foster [77]

Con: Bragman [77]

Pen: Fawcett [5]

YC: Hanley


Referee: Tony Jenkins [Durham Society]



West 19 Rovers 10
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27/12/2014 11:16
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Re: West 19 Rovers 10
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
28/12/2014 11:50
Looks like a reasonable attendance. Pity the intensity of the game did not live up to expectancy. Still a win is a win and I am sure they are happy about the Stags result.

Re: West 19 Rovers 10
28/12/2014 13:31
The game sas never allowed to develop because of the number of penalties awarded.
We would have scored a couple more if we'd got the ball out quicker when had clear overlaps. Poor decision making still holding us back.

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