West 17 Consett 45 - Coaches' View

By Carlo Robinson - August 27 2019
West 17 Consett 45  - Coaches' View A great pre season contest today against a strong Consett side, relegated from the league we play in this season ...

We started with a squad of 28 players and all got valuable minutes on the pitch, from seniors players, regular stags players from last season, last season's academy and returning players.

The first half was dominated by Consett with their gifted back line looking very dangerous every time they touched the ball, we were 30-0 down at half time.

Basic errors and a lack off aggression cost us dearly in the half and struggling at the set piece, both scrum and lineout starved us of possession and ultimately phases. This gave Consett the upper hand and they made the most of their dominant possession time after time.

We were forced to make several changes throughout the game, due to injuries and lads getting game tome and 6 of last year's acadamy were all involved, indeed scoring all of our tries...Bradon Bulmer, Oli Connolly and Will Corbett.

Ethan Ledington, Liam Smith, Jack Harrison  and BLuke Bage showed what they can do and gave excellent accounts of themselves and will have learned a lot..

The second half was much improved in terms of commitment, matching Consett's aggressive and rugby smart play. Fleet x2, penno and a welcome return from Jay Corbett were big positives in the last 20-30 as was the overall team attitude.

There were a few injuries from the game and we hope all the lads will be back and ready to go for the start of the season. Overall, a great pre season game and invaluable experience for all of the lads involved.

As Captain Peter Youll said, 'we will look back on this game in April next year and thank Consett for this game'.


West: Hunter Rollins Brown Bunter Bulmer Barker Ledington Atkins Armstrong Southern Harrison Youll Scott Mallinson Connolly.

Bage Fleet Pennick Peacock Wood Angus Simpson Johnston A Mclurg Quinn Westhorp Powell Corbett Smith