PENRITH 32 DE LA SALLE 17
PENRITH NOW ONE POINT BEHIND THE LEADERS WITH A GAME IN HAND
Saturday saw Penrith 2s play their first game since beating the league leaders on the 13th January. The visitors to Winters Park were De La Salle, The visitors came into the game with confidence after having won their previous five matches and also having beaten Penrith 20-17 in the fixture earlier in the season.
The team from Salford took an early lead when they were awarded a penalty which they opted for the kick and successfully converted. This gave the home side a bit of wake up call and they responded well when Captain Glenn Carr and Will Morgan went over with Kyle Ryder adding the extra's on both occasions. Penrith kept the pressure on and forced the Manchester side into conceding a number of penalties, the referee showed a yellow card for persistent offending which the home side benefited from when John Dent went over for the third try. Ryder just missed the kick.
As half time approached the visitors came back into the game scoring their first try from which they added the two points from the kick. During the half time break the opposition coach was very vocal for all to hear in an attempt to rally the visitors. This talk had the desired affect when shortly after the re-start De La Salle went over the whitewash again and got the kick to take them within two points of Penrith. The visitors kept the pressure on forcing Penrith into defending which had the referee awarding penalties against them from which De La Salle could not take any advantage.
The one occasion that they did was from an uncontested scrum when they went through the phases eventually getting the ball out to the winger who found space in front of him to attack the try line. With it looking inevitable they were about to concede Penrith's Dan Morland put in a last ditch tackle attempt and managed to get a tap on the wingers ankle to trip him up within five meters of the line and lose control of the ball knocking on.
This was the break that Penrith needed and forced their way back up the pitch and again forced the visitors into a number of mistakes, giving penalties away. It was from two of these infringements that Kyle Ryder took advantage and put the home side into a 25-17 lead. With the clock ticking down tempers started to flare and saw Carr and one of the opposition being sent to the sin bin for the remainder of the match. It was in this last ten minutes that Ryder put a gentle punt over the top and found touch on the visitors five meter line. From the resulting line out the ball pinged about falling at the feet of Reuben Loftus yards from the line who gratefully picked up and flopped over for the try. Ryder added the extra two giving the home side a 32 points to 17 win.
No game for the 2s this weekend then away to Leigh 2nd's on Saturday 3rd March. With Thornton Cleveley losing Penrith are now one point behind the leaders with a game in hand.