Too Close to Call
A day decided upon by the boot.
Sunderland welcomed Westmoreland to a Ashbrooke for the Colts first game since mid December. Boosted with the return of players from injury we had nineteen players in the squad. Showing few signs of being poor travellers Westmoreland took an early lead converting their well taken score.
Roused by spawn of Sparrow young Peel, Sunderland gathered senses and with the pack starting to wake up and take a direct route drew a penalty. jusT outside of the ten metre mark Loui Sopp stepped up to convert. A Westmoreland penalty an converted try saw the lead widen. Sunderland pack driven by Nemo Fish worked hard their phases drawing Westmoreland in for Sopp to release Jamie Gilbert to crash over from 10 m out, Loui converted well. With a 17 10 half time lead Westmoreland worked a further converted score. Peel had strong words behind posts, asked his team to dig deep, and lead by example hammering over and through tackles to score out on the 15m mark. Excellently converted by Sopp. James Hanson scored a fine effort having ran onto a flat pass to take on Westmorelands last line in defence then worked hard in the tackle to hold off two defenders to twist his boby to ground the ball, again converted by Sopp. Sunderland applied concerted pressure defended pressurised attacks and started to gain an upper hand leading to a yellow for Westmoreland for penalties at the ruck. Rising from his sick bed Alex Hoggs first contribution as a late replacement was to get on the end of a well worked run around from forwards to backs to forwards. Again slotted home by Sopp to go 31-24 up.
Not to be outdone Westmoreland drew one too many penalties as Sunderland defended their try line late late in the game and Simon Coleman was unlucky to be the fall guy to take a seat in the stands.
With full time virtually up Westmoreland forced a last try home right in the corner, defying the touch line. From a tight angle under pressure the try was converted with yet another excellent kick.
A great game with excellent spirit