West 22 Penrith 48

By Dave Picken - October 1 2017
West 22 Penrith 48 We played well in parts but this heavy defeat puts us in the relegation zone . Our mistakes were heavily punished by Penrith's speedy backs who made the most of their opportunities running in three of their eight tries from interceptions ... 

On the plus side we scored three tries of our own, and in the closing stages looked likely to add to that total and earn what would have been a  deserved bonus point. 
 Injuries and absences once again came into effect - flanker Liam Bailey playing for the first time in 18 months and putting in a battling performance which earned him Man of the Match. 
We started well and could have taken the lead when Gavin Painter broke from his own 22 to send Scott Butcher racing away up the right wing only to be stopped just short of the line. 
We continued to battle away but went behind on the quarter hour when Adam Coates couldn't take a high pass. Instead, it fell kindly to Penrith winger Ben Littleton who raced home from the half way line. 
Five minutes later he crossed again as the West defence was stretched along the line with Matt Allinson converting to give his side a 12-0 lead. 
Penrith had their tails up and earned their try bonus point with tries from scrum half George Graham, who intercepted on the half way line to go in at the corner, quickly followed by winger Jamie McNaughton who outpaced the home defence after turnover ball just inside the Penrith half. 
We continued to try to play expansive rugby and got the reward when winger Joe Willis cut inside on a fifty metre run which set up a series of attacks.  Paul Moss burst through from the 22 and when he was stopped short quick ball from Ryan Painter gave Will Hilditch the opportunity to step inside the cover to go over. 
We turned round at 22-7 down and a Gavin Painter penalty reduced the arrears  only for Penrith to increase their tally with a pushover try. It was  followed by a score from centre Jay Rossi who made the most of three missed tackles to go over with some ease to give his side a commanding 34-10 lead. 
We came back with a series  of drives which eventually saw Scott Butcher dive over from close range (pictured) to set Gav up for an easy conversion. 
Any hopes we had of closing the gap further disappeared when replacement Brad Taylor raced in from 20 meters. 
We did get a third try with an interception of our own from Will Hilditch who was able  to evade the chasing cover. 
However, that was the end of the West scoring as Taylor closed the game with his second try. 

West: Zac Southern, CeeJay Beales, Will Hilditch, Paul Moss, Joe Willis, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter (captain), Andrew Rollins, Jordan Foulds, Adam Coates, Joe Rafferty, John Bunter, Scott Butcher, Liam Bailey, Andy Turner. 
Replacements (all used): Matt Siddle, Craig Hadwen, Jay Corbett. 
Tries:  Hilditch (2) Butcher. 
Conversion: G Painter (2) 
Penalties G Painter (1) 

Penrith:  Ed Swale, Jamie MacNaughton, Jay Rossi, Matt Allinson, Ben Littleton, Ross Jackson, George Graham,  Lee Chapman, Ian McDowell, Adam Howe, Dan Richardson, Ryan Johnson, Andrew Holcroft, Liam Tunstall , Mike Raine 
Changes (all used): Will Morgan, Josh Dowson, Brad Taylor 
Tries: Littleton (2), Graham, McNaughton McDowell, Rossi, Taylor (2) 
Conversions: Allinson (4) 
Referee: Sam O'Neill (Northumberland). 

West 22 Penrith 48
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01/10/2017 11:38
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2017 11:54 by davepicken.

Re: West 22 Penrith 48
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
01/10/2017 14:23
We battled, as the report suggests, and it was good to see Liam Bailey back in action. The fact that a player who has been out 18 months wins man of the match says a lot.
But we made too many handling mistakes, missed too many tackles and didn't look good in set pieces.
We can't afford to let this sort of performance become a habit and the situation needs to be sorted quickly.

Re: West 22 Penrith 48
Old Chestnut (IP Logged)
02/10/2017 07:18
Agree Rozzy, we need to act quickly. A good training week and we'll be back!

Re: West 22 Penrith 48
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
02/10/2017 12:49
Penrith 48 >> as expected >>>>

Re: West 22 Penrith 48
oseander (IP Logged)
03/10/2017 07:48
It's all well and good praising their opponents' 'speedy backs' week in, week out, but if West don't get some three-quarters who can pass accurately and more importantly know how to tackle, they will be relegated

Re: West 22 Penrith 48
Giraffe (IP Logged)
05/10/2017 18:13
There is a real sense of the momentum of last year/2 years being at risk. Absences key of course and a win at the wkd could see a returning upward curve. Here's hoping!

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