Candy Cup, Northern Wanderers 32 – 15 Westoe II. Match report by Rob Richardson.
After a run to the final and an outing to Kingston Park last year, cup competitions provide welcome relief from the league. A league in which the distribution of points has had to be altered by Northumberland RFU to accommodate a “top 3” expected to completely outclass all opposition.
Early on the plan of forward runners trying up defenders before unleashing a rapid youthful back line worked well, as Jack Tait found gaps and weak shoulders to run in two tries either side of a Westoe effort. Westoe, having to use up what would best be described as an impact substitute prop earlier than they would have wanted to, achieved their score off a strong scrum. 12-7 Jack’s second effort was converted by Ryan Moore. Before half time Wanderers would add a couple more after some devastating weaving runs from Cory Witwith allowed a short range effort from James Standfield and put David Reah in the corner. 22-7. Cory had a good club debut and when he holds the ball in two hands he will assist a few more tries next week and keep the crowd happy.
The half time team talk should have gone something along the lines of “if we keep doing what we are doing we will win this game” however the words got muddled by Deano who instead pronounced “this game is won!” He then contrived to give away a penalty under our posts. 22-10 General ill-discipline and a kamikaze style of play which involved no kicking, even from a penalty in shadow of our own posts, meant territory and possession favoured Westoe. Pressure told and they narrowed the gap to 22-15. Eventually someone put boot to ball, Deano told a crowded bar later it was perfectly measured and tactical astute box kick, the chase and tackle from David Reah certainly helped! As the game entered the final ten minutes Westoe’s large pack began to flag and a number of pick-and-go’s from the northern eight lead to Cameron Horrocks easing nerves on the touch line. Ryan Moore adding the extras and a penalty minutes later. 32-15
Tries: Jack Tait x2
Conv: Ryan Moore x2
Pen: Ryan Moore
MoM: Ryan Moore (kicking apart)
MoS: Kane Appleby-Rutter
DoD: John-Dean Laws (more the team talk than the kick)
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