Penrith U17s win last minute thriller V Keswick - Andy Jackson
Penrith travelled to old rivals Keswick for a friendly first match of the season. In perfect conditions two evenly matched teams both played good open rugby with penrith probably holding territorial and possession from the start
The first try came with Arran Pamphilon crossing in the corner. Keswick pegging them back with a penalty before half time.
As the second half commenced, fitness levels, or lack of, started to become apparent but Penrith appeared to have sealed the game with further well worked tries from Ryan Hunter and Scott Lancaster. however Keswicks superior fitness began to tell with particular danger whenever Josh Dowson and Peter Weightman, both Newcastle Falcons academy players were in possession and Penrith gradually came under more and more pressure. Dowson ran in three well worked tries, the last with just minutes to go leaving Keswick 18-15 ahead and Penrith almost out on their feet.
Penriths 'never say die' spirit came in the final minute of the game when the ball was taken by Jay Balmer sprinting down the left wing into the 22 before being brought down. Keswick infringed at the ruck, advantage was played and the ball spun to the right wing before being killed, the ball being quickly returned to the left wing where the tap penalty left a gap through which Chris Jackson charged for the winning score, the missed conversion being the final play of the game. this was a great game of rugby, Keswick could barely believe they had lost, but Penriths belief and attitude just saw them through. however, their fitness levels will need to be improved before their first match in the North East league against Seaton Carew in 2 weeks time. in this correspondants view, Geoffrey Larkin had an outstanding game in the scrum for Penrith, whilst Josh Dowson was the stand out Keswick player.