West 47 Wheatley Hills 6

By Dave Picken - November 15 2015
West 47 Wheatley Hills 6 A much improved team performance saw us run in seven tries without reply to cement our third place. On an excellent day at Brinkburn the Stags, with Waites and Southern returning from injury, beat Middlesbrough, and the Colts triumphed over a strong Alnwick side - both with winning margins of just two points.

Skipper Danny Boatman led the way for the firsts with two tries, but this was a team performance as we looked lively across the pitch.

We set our stall out as early as the fourth minute when fly half Gavin Painter popped up a perfect pass to send Peter Youll racing through a gap to go in behind the posts.

Hills' beefy pack responded by forcing us back into our half where exchange Spanish referee Joshua Bellido awarded them a string of penalties at the breakdown.

Kicker Owen Gillvray managed two out of three to bring the score to 7-6. But that was as close as it was to get as we sorted out our penalty infringements, and worked our way back into visiting territory.

Wheatley Hills gave away several penalties of their own with Peter Youll unlucky to knock on as he again went through a gap.

However, play was brought back for a scrum fifteen metres out. Flanker Aaron Myers broke and his deft pass out of the back of his hand sent Gavin Painter heading for the line. He was tackled just short, fortunately the lively Chris Atkins was in support to dive over (pictured) to set up a straightforward conversion for Painter.

We continued to press but had to wait until almost half time for Greg Edwards to score the try of the game. He was virtually stationary when he received a short pass from Gavin Painter just outside the 22. However, he sidestepped the first tackler and set off on a run to the posts, which saw him evade three more tackles - finally spinning out of despairing last ditch effort as he went for the line.

Painter again converted to give us a 21-6 interval lead, and with the prospect of a try bonus point in the second half. We didn’t have to wait long as Scott Butcher took advantage of a massive overlap to go in close to the left corner.

He was somewhat benefitted by Wheatley Hills committing four players to an altercation behind their own goal line, after Ryan Painter had clattered into fly half Gillvray as he was in the process of charging down a clearance kick.  Sr. Bellido saw nothing wrong in the challenge, and when the kick failed to find touch we ran it straight back along the line to give Butcher the easiest of run-ins.

Gavin Painter again converted, however he did miss with his next attempt after brother Ryan scored. We had pushed the big Hills pack back at the scrum with Boatman breaking off and timing his pass to send the scrum half in at the corner.

The West skipper got the first of his brace on 68 minutes. It came after the visitors had lost flanker Rob Blunden to the sin bin for a tip tackle as Hills desperately their line.

Boatman again broke from the base to send Ryan Painter away, and as he was tackled into touch he passed back inside to the skipper to dive over. Gavin Painter provided the conversion from the touchline, and he did so again when Boatman completed the scoring four minutes from the end.

It came after we were awarded a penalty ten metres out. Myers took a quick tap and went over,but the referee ruled he hadn't taken it from the right place so we again opted for a scrum. The pack trundled their way over the line for the West skipper to have the simple task of touching down with Painter completing an excellent kicking performance.

West: Luke Mallinson, Joe Willis, Greg Edwards, Peter Youlll, Scott Butcher, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Michael Hogan, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Owen Bennett, Jie Rafferty, Chris Atkins, Aaron Myers, Dan Boatman (captain).

Reps - all used. Liam Bailey, Anth Carr, CeeJay Beales.

Tries: Youll, Atkins, Edwards, Butcher, R Painter, Boatman (2).

Cons: G Painter (6)

Wheatley Hills: Stephen Devine, Marty Hall, Liam Butler, Paul Purnell, Reece Garbutt, Owen Gillvray, Ian Barker, Reese Norton, Sam Kerry, Brad Stephenson, Dan Undy, Neal Dunn, Trent Bennett , Rob Blunden , Tom Buckenham.

Reps- all used: Jack Calver,, Jacob Bailey , James Marks.

Pens: Gillvray (2)

Yellow: Blunden

Referee Joshua Bellido (Catalonia)



West 47 Wheatley Hills 6
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
15/11/2015 11:56
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Re: West 47 Wheatley Hills 6
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
15/11/2015 12:21
A great team display ... what a pleasure to see the ball thrown about so well, strong tackling and confidence from the whole side.
Only leaders Morley have conceded less points (two less in fact) than West.
Let's hope this display means we have got over our poor spell.
The day's results show that after their narrow wins over West and Wheatley Hills, Doncaster Phoenix lost at last at Percy Park. The table's really sorting itself out.

Re: West 47 Wheatley Hills 6
old shepherd (IP Logged)
15/11/2015 17:06
Cmon West. Lets build on this weekends win and overall performance

Re: West 47 Wheatley Hills 6
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
16/11/2015 14:08
Video added

Re: West 47 Wheatley Hills 6
17/11/2015 09:36
Unusual that we ran up such a big score without any penalties. Very encouraging performance in that the players seemed to know what they were doing and just got on with it.
Doncaster Phoenix's defeat makes things more interesting and their game with Morley will be an interesting one so there is all to play for.
Well done players and coaches of all the teams who won last Saturday it created a great atmosphere in the club afterwards.

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Re: West 47 Wheatley Hills 6
TheBestMyers (IP Logged)
19/11/2015 08:06
Well done lads, keep it up. Gutted im not playing!

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