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1st XV - Match centre

Manchester
Penrith
Tries
C Price, O May (2), E Swale, D Richardson, J Reynolds
Conversions
B Spencer (3)
Penalties
N Wooff
Sat 5 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - North One West Full time

MANCHESTER 87 PENRITH 39

ANOTHER POOR DAY ON THE ROAD

Penrith have had some poor away performances but this one really took the biscuit, the first 40 minutes at Manchester were appalling. It is hard to understand how a side can play for 80 minutes against a side as good as Carlisle and have their line crossed only twice to then, next time out, face a side as ordinary as Manchester and concede eight tries in 40 minutes. At half time the home side led 59-8 and had the game in the bag before the half hour mark as they scored at will.
Manchester were certainly big and strong but they were also pedestrian, unfit and lacking any real pace. They were able to stay on their feet in contact and play the ball off and this was a constant threat to Penrith whose defence and tackling lacked the intensity to combat the host's big men.
Manchester scored a try after three minutes following a penalty kicked to the corner, the visitors had a bit of possession and following a Ross Jackson break hit back with a Nathan Wooff penalty. Penrith then conceded an interception try and then a penalty for offside head on to the posts on the 22.
It went from bad to worse as they conceded four tries in fifteen minutes to trail 45-3 on the half hour. They had a brief revival after the introduction of Ryan Johnson from the bench who was making his first appearance of the season. He was heavily involved as the visitors got up a head of steam and got into the home 22. They were awarded a penalty which was quickly taken by Bruce Spencer and after a couple of drives Craig Price forced his way over for a try.
They then conceded a try after getting a pass intercepted, they did recover and get the ball back only to throw another interception pass to gift the try. On the stroke of half time two offloads out of contact by the home backs saw them trundle in for their eighth try.
The second half was rather better but Penrith conceded another try early on when the ball squirted out of a their set scrum on their own line. They then got on the scoresheet again when a poor clearance kick and chase allowed Olly May to show his pace and grab the try. Ed Swale's quick thinking added another when he tapped and went from a penalty, he exchanged passes with Mike Raine before going in under the posts.
Manchester then scored another following a penalty kicked deep into the Penrith 22 and then scored two tries directly from the next two restarts which put them way out of sight. The home side were always going to run out of steam which they did in the last quarter but they had put the game well and truly to bed before they ran out of puff.
The only thing left in the game for Penrith was to score another try for a bonus point which they managed against the flagging home side. Dan Richardson was able to force his way over, May added a second and James Reynolds went under the posts in the final play of the game to add a hint of respectability.
Credit must be given to the home place kicking, not all the tries were scored under the posts but all 12 tries were successfully converted along with a penalty for a 100% 13 out of 13 performance.
Penrith started the afternoon only seven points off second place and it shows the closeness and competitiveness of this league this season that even after this performance they are still only eight points off second. Perhaps more importantly they started six points off a relegation place and that is now down to three points making the home game against Waterloo vital.

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Key moments

3:00
Penalty Nathan Wooff kicks a penalty for Penrith
35:00
Try Craig Price scores for Penrith
51:00
Try Ollie May scores for Penrith
56:00
Try Ed Swale scores for Penrith
72:00
Try Daniel Richardson scores for Penrith
72:00
Conversion Bruce Spencer kicks a conversion for Penrith
79:00
Try Ollie May scores for Penrith
79:00
Conversion Bruce Spencer kicks a conversion for Penrith
80:00
Try James Reynolds scores for Penrith
80:00
Conversion Bruce Spencer kicks a conversion for Penrith

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5.1.18 Manchester 87 - Penrith 39
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Highlights

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80:00 Try 0 - 37
James Reynolds scores for Penrith
80:00 Conversion 0 - 39
Bruce Spencer kicks a conversion for Penrith
79:00 Try 0 - 30
Ollie May scores for Penrith
79:00 Conversion 0 - 32
Bruce Spencer kicks a conversion for Penrith
72:00 Try 0 - 23
Daniel Richardson scores for Penrith
72:00 Conversion 0 - 25
Bruce Spencer kicks a conversion for Penrith
57:00 Sub On
Will Morgan is substituted on for Penrith
57:00 Sub Off
Lee Chapman is substituted off for Penrith
57:00 Sub On
James Reynolds is substituted on for Penrith
57:00 Sub Off
Jon Fell is substituted off for Penrith
56:00 Try 0 - 18
Ed Swale scores for Penrith
51:00 Try 0 - 13
Ollie May scores for Penrith
End of period 1
35:00 Try 0 - 8
Craig Price scores for Penrith
32:00 Sub Off
Will Morgan is substituted off for Penrith
32:00 Sub On
Ryan Johnson is substituted on for Penrith
3:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Nathan Wooff kicks a penalty for Penrith
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As it happened

  • Manchester
  • Penrith
  • 0
  • Nathan Wooff Penalty 3:00'
  • Ryan Johnson Sub On 32:00'
  • Will Morgan Sub Off 32:00'
  • Craig Price Try 35:00'
  • Ollie May Try 51:00'
  • Ed Swale Try 56:00'
  • Will Morgan Sub On 57:00'
  • Lee Chapman Sub Off 57:00'
  • James Reynolds Sub On 57:00'
  • Jon Fell Sub Off 57:00'
  • Daniel Richardson Try 72:00'
  • Bruce Spencer Conversion 72:00'
  • Ollie May Try 79:00'
  • Bruce Spencer Conversion 79:00'
  • James Reynolds Try 80:00'
  • Bruce Spencer Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Swale, Ed Swale, Ed
May, Ollie May, Ollie
McNaughton, Jamie McNaughton, Jamie
Jackson, Ross Jackson, Ross
Fell, Jon Fell, Jon
Wooff, Nathan Wooff, Nathan
Spencer, Bruce Spencer, Bruce
Raine, Mike Raine, Mike
Lee, Ryan Lee, Ryan
Greenwood, Daniel Greenwood, Daniel
Morgan, Will Morgan, Will
Richardson, Daniel Richardson, Daniel
Chapman, Lee Chapman, Lee
Price, Craig Price, Craig
Howe , Adam Howe , Adam

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Carlisle 16 65
2. Blackburn 16 53
3. Stockport 16 52
4. Douglas (I.O.M.) 16 50
5. Birkenhead Park 16 49
6. Northwich 16 49
7. Penrith 16 45

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