West 27 Rovers 12

By El Pedro - September 16 2018
West 27 Rovers 12 Our good start to the season continued with a win in the local derby with Rovers – Will Hilditch grabbing two of the four tries and making it three bonus-point wins out of three.

It was the first league meeting between the sides for seven years and as has often been the case in matches between the two, parts of the game were quite scrappy with handling errors aplenty. However, there was no lack of endeavour from either side and the game was an entertaining spectacle for those gathered at Brinkburn.  

We showed our intent right from the off with an early kickable penalty turned down in favour of kicking to the corner. The lineout worked well but the ball was knocked on in midfield as it was moved along the backline.

Rovers had the first scoring chance with a long range penalty from Ryan Foreman but it was well short and aside from that we looked the more dangerous of the sides in the early stages – only let down by a few forward passes halting promising attacks.

Eventually we got on the scoreboard with a well worked backs move from a scrum in the right corner which sent Will Hilditch over on the left. Five minutes later we added a second in the same corner when penalty advantage allowed Stu Waites to launch a speculative cross-field kick and Hilditch collected and fed Gav Painter who finished nicely.

Rovers came back into the game well with a good period of possession and solid ball carrying. The pressure paid off as they pulled a try back after a nice flat pass close to the line sent Joe Little over. With a little under 10 minutes of the half remaining Foreman tried his luck from long range again but this time his attempt came back off the bar.

We stretched our lead with a straightforward penalty from Painter after Andrew Rollins set up good field position with a barnstorming run up the left wing but would go into half time disappointed not to be further ahead after twice kicking to the corner only to lose the lineouts with one overthrown and the other not straight.

Former West man Liam Austwicke was shown a yellow card early in the second half for a tip tackle on Ryan Painter and after kicking the resulting penalty into the 22 we worked an overlap on the left and Waites darted in for a try converted by Painter.

It seemed like the score that might end the Rovers challenge but they again they responded well and enjoyed their best spell of the match going forward. Taz Pelser scored a great individual try, darting through after taking a quick tap penalty, and the conversion brought his side within 8 points.

Momentum was now firmly with the visitors and when Jay Corbett was penalised for a high tackle it gave Rovers a great opportunity to push the ball into the left corner. The defensive line repelled a few attacks but as the pressure built a crucial knock-on from Austwicke turned the ball back to West.

Hilditch try Rovers 55

Minutes later we were scoring a fourth try at the other end and effectively sealing the game. A kick up-field from Zac Southern was collected but the return kick was badly miscued and we took full advantage, Hilditch again the man to score (above) after the ball was worked along the line and the winger cut inside the final defender. Painter added the conversion and although he failed with a late penalty attempt to stretch the lead it was enough to secure our third maximum point victory in a row.

Next week sees us travel to Northern, the only other side to have maximum points from their three games so far so it promises to be a tough encounter.  


West: Southern, Hillditch, G Painter, Youll, Peacock, Waites, R Painter, Hadwen, Rollins, Brown, Linighan, Atkins, Barker, Robinson, Corbett.

Tries: Hilditch 2, G Painter, Waites
Cons: G Painter 2
Pen: G Painter

Rovers: Foreman, Maguire, Barnfield, Gunn, Austwicke, Evens, Pelser, N Stead, T Stead, Pinchen, Whitehead, Little, Jeffrey, Dring, Amrstrong.

Tries: Little, Pelser
Con: Foreman

Referee: Chris Binnie [Yorkshire]

West 27 Rovers 12
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16/09/2018 12:56
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Re: West 27 Rovers 12
LesterP (IP Logged)
16/09/2018 16:28
A win is a win & the momentum continues very nicely;need to get a bit more beyond the ball at the breakdown maybe; set pieces looking very impressive.

Well done everyone; another good day & evening at Brinkburn😉

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16/09/2018 17:51
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16/09/2018 19:17
Great shots again Kathryn 😉

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