West 37 Percy Park 3

By El Pedro - March 29 2015
West 37 Percy Park 3 An excellent attacking and defensive display secured a comfortable bonus-point win over Percy Park and moved us within touching  distance of league safety.

 

We are not yet mathematically safe but losses for Bradford & Bingley, Northern and Driffield means we have a significant cushion which would require all three teams below us to win their remaining two games to have a chance of overhauling us. Northern and B&B will have to do so with maximum points. Northern and Driffield play Horden and Alnwick in alternating fixtures over the last two weekends while B&B follow up our trip to West Yorkshire next up with a home tie against Dinnington.

 

With the calculator away again, and hopefully staying there, we can focus on what was a fine performance with some scintillating tries. In the pressure of a must-win game and with a severe wind blowing down the pitch it was even more impressive.

 In memory of Ed Hunt

The game began with a poignant moment of unity as the two teams, joined by their clubmates from the Colts stood to remember Ed Hunt, their number 8 who had tragically died less than a week ago.

 

When the game kicked off we raced into the lead with a perfect start. A bouncing kick off as fumbled into touch and from the resulting lineout we were awarded a penalty. A quick kick to the corner set up another rolling maul and we powered over the line, Owen Bennett emerging as the scorer.

 

A break from Ryan Painter almost led to another try on 15 minutes but he was stopped in the 22 and we had to settle for a penalty attempt but Zac Southern’s effort drifted past the right post.

 

Park got on the board with a penalty from Alex Tilley and it was his centre partner Guy Pike whose elusive running was causing our defence the most problems.

 

With the wind in their faces Park had limited chance for long clearing kicks but when they did find a good touch on the half hour a quick lineout just inside our own half led to a terrific try from Scott Butcher. Good hands from Stu Waites, Eldon Myers and Southern eventually set Butcher away and he finished well, taking a late boot to the ribs for his troubles as he touched down. The conversion was again missed so the score remained 10-3.

 

As the half drew to a close we added our third try, a long rolling maul driving us into the Park half and when the ball came out a half break from Waites was well supported by Myers and he raced away for score in the right corner and keep up his record of scoring in every game he has played for the club! A seemingly impossible conversion from the touchline sailed over for 17-3 lead.

 

With the wind now in Park’s favour it was all about whether they could use the conditions to get back into the game. The answer was a resounding no.

 

A quick tap penalty from Painter saw him dart under the posts 5 minutes into the half, securing the bonus point and a 21 point lead, that, even with the conditions, seemed a long way back for Park.

 

The key moments came in the following 10 minutes as Park had a succession of lineouts deep in our 22 but failed to convert thanks to a combination of dogged defence and questionable tactics. After winning two penalties for pulling the maul down close to the line they opted for a long throw and quick ball out to the backs which was snuffed out and cleared.

 

Our defence continued to work hard and offer the visitors little space and the kicking game they needed so badly to utilise the wind was ineffective. With the four tries already scored all we needed to do was let the minutes tick by and the more that passed without a Park score the more likely the win looked.

 

As the visitors frustration grew, let’s not forget they started the game fourth in the table and spent a large part of the season pushing for promotion, a flurry of late points put a nice gloss on the finishing score.

 

Southern added a penalty from in-front of the posts on 35 minutes before taking a superb long pass from Waites to race in at the right corner for a try as we entered injury time. There was still time for one final score though as straight from the restart replacement Kyle Jamieson made a good break and then popped back up in support to deliver a well timed pass to Luke Mallinson who raced up the right wing to finish off an almost flawless afternoon’s work.

 

 

West: Southern, Butcher, Myers, Youll, Mallinson, Waites, Painter, Hogan, Rollins, Coates, Atkins, Bennett, Bailey, Boatman, Miller.

Reps: Jamieson, Chapman, Wood

 

Tries: Bennett, Butcher, Myers, Painter, Southern, Mallinson

Cons: Southern 2

Pen: Southern

 

Percy Park: Sutherland, Baldwin, Pike, Tilley, Davison, Smith, Gilmour, Cook, Dunn, Kidd, Hedley, Thompson, Dubois, Cannon, Williamson.

Reps: Watson, Caulfield, Osborn

 

Pen: Tilley

 

Referee: Barrett Aldwinckle [Durham Society]

 

 

 
West 37 Percy Park 3
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
29/03/2015 10:31
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Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
29/03/2015 11:35
What a treat it was to see so many "regulation" tries scored as the backs whipped the ball along the line. As good a performance as we've seen all season and a great way to end the home campaign.

 
Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
29/03/2015 12:20
Mathematically we need two points to be sure as Northern's points difference is much worse than ours and of course a draw as a minimum against B&b would ensure they to couldn't catch us. But our eyes should be on better things and the higher up the league the better. If we can replicate this performance over the last two games top half is a possibility!!! Sounds as if we played really good rugby and a worthy tribute to our young colt!!

 
Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
davepicken (IP Logged)
29/03/2015 12:25
If teams are level on points then the first consideration is games won.

Great to see Owen Bennett on the scoresheet yesterday - richly deserved. And we are thinking of starting a sweep on how many tackles Danny Boatman puts in - talk about leading by example and he didn't get a yellow card!



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Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
Leg End (IP Logged)
30/03/2015 10:43
Would just like to say... what a cracking game! We played some fantastic rugby & it looks like now we`re playing with some structure... well done boys!

 
Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
Parental Unit (IP Logged)
30/03/2015 11:19
Just to echo what has been said - that defeat at Horden seems to have got everyone back into focus as we've only lost once since then..
The Percy Park faithful were moaning that its the worst they've played etc. The truth was our lads tackled them out of the game and then took their chances.
I had the privilege of the sneak preview of the new clubhouse before the game and I was bowled over. Its much bigger inside than it looks on the outside and the dressing rooms and bars are of the highest quality. I can only see this club going from strength to strength.

 
Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
30/03/2015 11:49
Didn't know we could have a look round ???? Was that for a chosen few.

As far as the game was concerned some very good tries and total commitment by all the lads. However, I really really hope nobody thinks the job is done as we need at least one more point to guarantee safety and we would look really stupid if we slipped through the trapdoor come 4.30 on the last day of the season.

 
Re: West 37 Percy Park 3
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
30/03/2015 13:17
The look round was just for the players as we'd hoped the Percy Park game would have been the first in the new clubhouse. The floor is still drying out but hopefully we will be in there soon.

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