1XV Report for 7th December

St Benedicts 64 Hawcoat Park 12

Saturday 7th December 2019

The fixture computer had thrown up a real pre christmas toughie for the maroon and whites with a trip up the coast to Whitehaven to take on high flying St Benedicts. With injuries and non availability it was through the considerable efforts of Jason Meadows that a patched up team made the trip north through the December gloom.
With former county player Steve Wood controlling their play from fly half and possessing by far the best set of threequarters in the League with pace and power everywhere and two very strong running centres we were up against it right from the get go.
Having to play against a very strong wind blowing down the ground our kick off did not make the 10 metres and from the first scrum Bennies set the tone and moved the ball out wide for their winger to get the first of his four trys.
Using the wind exceptionally well and pinning us back deep in our own half with long racking kicks to the corners after 10 mins we were 28- 0 down with four converted trys without really ” laying a glove” on the marauding Bennies attack.
With captain for the day Andy Kent and young Jack Ostin leading the tackling efforts and in Jack’s case doing well in the line out we did manage to stem the flow a little but two further trys followed and at the 30 minute mark the score was 40- 0. At this point we had our best spell of the half going through the phases with good ball retention up front.Big Paul Woodburn was outstanding never taking a backward step all game well supported by fellow prop Scott Dobbie who ran strongly throughout and had his best game in a maroon and white shirt now getting up to full match fitness. This spell of pressure produced our first try,Chris Burns playing at fly half was another who led by example and spotted some space on the blind side to force his way over 40- 5. There was still time for Bennies to score another well crafted running try Half time 47- 5.
Unfortunately for us and is often the case the strong wind dropped slightly but the second half followed a similar pattern with Bennies well on top and trys coming at regular intervals despite our considerable efforts.
We did deservedly score the last try of the game. Good work by Joe Rea and Andy Graham supported by Will Coles and Callum Ramsay (our best forward in most games but having to help out in the centre) set up a position for Chris Burns to force his way over for his second try. Desperate to score his first points for us and with no try forthcoming prop Scott Dobbie added the conversion. Final Score 64- 12.
Bennies are a good side and play some exciting running rugby and well done to them,at times you need to hold up your hands and admit you are second best. However well done to all the Hawcoat lads who showed good commitment in difficult circumstances in a game played properly, well reffed and in good spirit.
A very hard game for Alex Brown and Danny Scott on debut,but both showed up very well. Alex making an exceptional run with his first touch of the ball in a maroon and white shirt leaving many would be tacklers in his wake and Danny tackling well even when always on the back foot.
A word also for Peter Matthews who put put his hand up late and as usual grafted throughout the match. Also especially Martin Kennedy his easy option was a home game for his usual second team, not Martin in our hour of need he offered to travel with the firsts. Talking to him after the game explaining a missed tackle he told me when a side stepping young”whippet” runs at a 54 year old second row in open space there is only going to be one outcome! Do not worry about one tackle Martin you are an absolute legend and the best ever “out of towner” to ever join our club.

Thanks
John Horne
Hawcoat Park RU

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