West 17 Penrith 15

By Dave Picken - February 19 2017
West 17 Penrith 15 Superb defence in the closing stages produced an important win which means we are now eight points clear of the chasing pack with just six games to go.

We now occupy the play-off place with Pocklington three points ahead in the automatic promotion spot.  However, the Yorkshiremen have to  visit Brinkburn on April Fool's day in what may become a winner takes all showdown. 
Penrith arrived knowing their promotion hopes depended on a win, and took the initiative from the kick-off when we were judged to have been in front of the kicker. 
The visitors launched a series of attacks down the left and opted for a line –out in  the corner after we were penalized. 
However, scrum half Ryan Painter seized on a loose ball to break clear up the touchline. His kick ahead took play into the Penrith 22 where we forced a penalty of our own which was converted by Zac Southern. 
We stopped one dangerous attack when winger Jon Fell broke through the middle, and returned to the visiting half to mount a series of drives from the forwards. Zac  was wrapped up when he tried to make a break and then Peter Youll was stopped just metres short of the line. 
However, we kept possession and  with the Penrith defence stretched Ryan Painter picked out Rob Thorn with the big winger forcing his way over from short range. 
Southern added an excellent conversion from wide on the left to provide a very welcome 10 point lead. 
It wasn't to last with Penrith capitalising after Sam Miller was unlucky to receive a yellow card as he went to take a high clearance.  He was beaten to the ball by a flying  Ed Swale who crashed to the ground with referee Paul Musgrave ruling that the West player had illegally used his shoulder. 
Penrith used their scrum advantage to force us back into their own 22 opting to go for a line-out from a penalty with hooker Craig Price touching down from the catch and drive. 
Matt Allinson's conversion reduced the lead to just three points with his side continuing to use their one-man advantage to mount pressure on the home line. 
We defended well, but with Sam Miller waiting on the touchline for a break in play to resume his duties, the home defence was breached for the second time. 
Scrum half George Graham, who shares his name with his father - the former Scotland and Falcons prop, went on the short side from a ruck just inside the home 22. 
Winger James McNaughton received the ball on the touchline and he stepped inside the West cover to go over with some ease. 
This time Allinson missed with his conversion,  but his side went into the break with a 12-10 advantage. 
We had conceded two tries when down to 14 men but showed what we could do with a full complement from the restart.

The forwards attacked up the left with a series of pick and go's and when the ball was recycled Painter picked out a charging Adam Coates. The prop stepped through one tackle before offloading to Lee Maddison whose deft pass inside left Andrew Rollins clear to charge over from ten metres. 
Southern again converted from wide on the left to give his side a 17-12 lead, but that was reduced a few minutes later with penalty from Allinson. 
With just three point the difference both sides committed themslves to the attack  - West having the lion's share of territory as our scrum provided the base for a number of attacks. 
We came closest when Sam Miller, Greg Edwards and Peter Youll were all stopped just metres from the line as we mounted waves of attacks.  
Sam Miller did touch  down from a five metre scrum, but Mr Musgrave brought the play back for a reset scrum ruling that the original had gone round full circle. 
The pressure on the visitors was relieved as yet another attack was stopped under the posts with Dan Boatman judged to have been holding on. 
The West skipper had led from the front all afternoon, and he was in the vanguard as the visitors gathered themselves for one last effort to keep their promotion hopes alive. 
Joe Rafferty had replaced Carl Miller and one of his first actions was to give away a penalty just outside the 22 on the right. 
Allinson's effort slide wide, and that may have been a factor when Penrith were awarded a similar, but closer,  shot at goal with just two minutes on the clock. This time they strangely opted to kick for the corner where they took their own ball only for resolute defence to keep them out. 
The desperate visitors threw the ball out wide, but again centres Peter Youll and Greg Edwards were in no mood to let them through. 
And there was massive relief when the Penrith forwards were penalised for going off their feet to give Ryan Painter  the opportunity to kick for touch to end a pulsating game. 

West: Luke Mallinson, Rob Thorn, Greg Edwards, Peter Youll, Will Hilditch (Joe Wills 18-28 mins), Zac Southern, Ryan Painter, Ross Wood, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, John Bunter, Dan Boatman (capt) Carl Miller (Joe Rafferty 70 mins), Lee Maddison, Sam Miller. 
Reps not used: Jordan Foulds. 
Tries: Thorn, Rollins. 
Cons: Southern (2) 
Pens: Southern (1) 
Yellow: Sam Miller. 

Penrith: Ed Swale, Jamie McNaughton, Phil Armstrong, James Boustead, Jon Fell, Matt Allinson, George Graham, Arran Sullivan, Craig Price, Will Morgan, Dan Richardson, Ryan Johnson, Mike Stephens (capt), Callam Poulson, Mike Raine. 
Reps (all used:) Ryan Banks, Andrew Holcroft, Ben Littleton. 
Tries: Price, McNaughton. 
Cons: Allinson (1) 
Pens: Allinson (1) 

Referee: Paul Musgrave (Durham)


West 17 Penrith 15
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
19/02/2017 12:24
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Dave Picken (IP Logged)
20/02/2017 11:21
Video now added

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Parental Unit (IP Logged)
20/02/2017 12:28
Yes a bit harsh on big Sam. While he was off Penrith scored two tries but credit to the lads for their hard work which won the day.

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Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
20/02/2017 14:58
Just looked at the video, and it was more than just harsh on Sam ... it was wrong. He had his eyes on the ball and his feet on the deck, the Penrith lad jumped into him and fell badly.It looked far worse than it was, but of course the ref had to make in instant decision.
And was there a forward pass in the build-up to their second try?

Re: West 17 Penrith 15
minimoneyman (IP Logged)
20/02/2017 17:53
34 match photo's on Facebook 31&32 interesting

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