West 61 Bradford & B 10

By El Pedro - October 1 2016
West 61 Bradford & B 10 A nine try demolition job on Bradford & Bingley keeps our 100% record going as the visitors reshuffled side never got going and we ran in some excellent scores.

The tone of the game was set in the opening couple of minutes when, from the kick-off, we controlled the ball, worked it slowly up the field before Gav Painter sent Liam Checksfield clear and he timed his pass well to leave Zac Southern a simple run in under the posts.

Dominic Copsey replied with a penalty for the Bees on 6 minutes but after that it would be one-way traffic for the rest of the half. Some average defence and tackling from the visitors helped us along the way but with each try confidence grew and some lovely touches and offloads were key features in many of the tries.

Our second try belonged to the Painter family with Ryan’s initial break leading to Gav bursting up the left flank before Ryan took the return pass and finished off the score, diving in to the left corner on his back and reaching for the line well.

Peter Youll was next to cross (pictured), with 23 minutes gone, capitalising on a break from Sam Miller before ghosting through a hole in the Bees defensive line. He was followed in 3 minutes later by Jay Corbett who smashed his way through three tackles for a well-deserved try. Gav Painter’s kicking from the tee had been perfect on each of the four tries making the lead 28-3 with only 26 minutes gone and a bonus point already secured.

The procession didn’t stop there though – Liam Checksfield took advantage of some speculative passing from the visitors when he took an interception on half-way and galloped away to touch down under the posts. Zac Southern then got his second thanks to a lovely one handed offload from Michael Hogan after an initial break from Rob Thorn.

The ever fiery Ryan Painter was yellow carded with 35 minutes played and then referee Mark Harrington decided he had seen enough for the first half and blew the whistle despite there being at least 5 minutes left to play.

Coates Bees

Six minutes into the second half replacement Adam Coates got our seventh try when he collected a chip over the top from Gav Painter before Richard Tafa pulled one back for the Bees, converted by Copsey.

Unsurprisingly the intensity of the first half was not quite matched in the second with such a gap on the scoreboard but Lee Maddison finished off another nice move with 13 minutes left after trademark work from Rob Thorn who turned in another vintage performance. Painter’s conversion deflected over off the right post.

As the clock ticked into the final minute of the game we capped things off with a final score, Gav Painter kicking cross-field and Liam Checksfield taking a terrific catch on the run to speed away from the defence and add the icing to an already sizeable cake.

Whilst this game didn’t produce the sort of test that was anticipated in the build-up, it was a welcome return to the level of sharpness in attack that will be required to retain our position at the top-end of North One East after a couple of scrappy wins. Games against Percy Park and Wheatley Hills come next before a potentially mouth-watering trip to currently second-placed Penrith at the end of the month.


West: Southern, Thorn, Checksfield, Youll, Mallinson, G Painter, R Painter, Wood, Rollins, Hogan, Corbett, Bunter, Barker, Boatman, Miller.
Reps: Maddison, Coates, Moss
Tries: Southern 2, R Painter, Youll, Corbett, Checksfield 2, Coates, Maddison.
Cons: G Painter 8
YC: R Painter

B&B: Jeffrey, Mitchell, Neha, Akauloa, Wilson, Copsey, Rae, Crotch, Cochrane, Wederell, Jeffrey, Hughes, Mitchell, Riaz, Cummings.
Reps: Tafa, Mountain, White
Try: Tafa
Con: Copsey
Pen: Copsey

Referee: Mark Harrington [Durham Society]

West 61 Bradford & B 10
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
02/10/2016 09:11
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Re: West 61 Bradford & B 10
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
02/10/2016 12:51
Spot on as usual Pedro.
Even allowing for B&B's problems, there were a number of excellent individual displays for West, the bonus coming with a return to form for players who have been below their best lately.
You can't argue with five bonus-point wins out of five.
Commiserations to Points West members!
If we'd had 80 mins plus stoppages instead of about 70 mins, we might have had more.

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Re: West 61 Bradford & B 10
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
02/10/2016 18:34
Great game, great write up, great team effort.

Superb picture of mr.coates doing a Forrest Gump impression ??

Re: West 61 Bradford & B 10
03/10/2016 09:59
Really enjoyed this performance - could have done with an extra ten minutes of it.

Well done to the players and coaches who are producing a brand of rugby which is good to watch.

Re: West 61 Bradford & B 10
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
03/10/2016 13:10
Video now added

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