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Melton Mowbray RUFC
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Sat 4 Apr 15:00 - Cup Full time Attendance 1,000

And Now you better believe it

Wests win away at Melton Mowbray to play at Twickenham for the second time in their history.

Wests faced a Melton Mowbray side that have only lost 1 game all season in what would prove to be one of the most physical matches of the year. The Vocal Support of the travelling masses from YORKSHIREEE seemed to drive the team throughout the game.

The long trip began at 9.30 when a refreshed side barring Jack ‘Hungover Marshall’ met at the club for food. The descent to Melton started much better that the previous trip to Whitley Bay, as Dave Breakwell was wearing pants and consequently did not make a mess on the seats.

Upon arrival the customary pretend you know what your doing and walk around the pitch took place. A lovely open green area only a short walk from the clubhouse.

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With many of the softies (the front row) going direct due to work commitments, the team re-grouped after the long journey and began to screw their heads on. There was a nervy atmosphere around the camp as it was the biggest game for this team since the Yorkshire Shield Semi the year before.

Warms up were done; speeches said and nerves quashed – game time. Wests decided to play up the hill in the first half to gain the second half advantage

The game started at a frantic pace. Wests caught the kick off and exited like no other day. Melton then did what they have done well all year. A barrage around the ruck ensued with their pack trundling round the corner. Unfortunately for them they could not break the early resolute defence of an enthusiastic West Leeds.

Wests then started their attack. Forward drives settled the game and gave the backs a platform to build from. Josh Cassell who beat his man and scored the first try of the day met a glorious cross-field kick. The conversion was struck by Whale Breakwell (who isn’t losing the name for a MOM performance) 7-0.

From the kick off Wests exited and put pressure on the Melton lineout. Missing his man at the back worked well as the 7 was free to run. Wests defence would not budge from the on. Tackle after tackle Melton were kept at bay in places they may be used to breaking loose. After a period of pressure WL broke again. Sending Tom ‘Fodder’ Jackson down the middle of the field meant the back could break around the corner and steal more yards. Some text book hands found Josh Cassell who once again beat his man and the Full back to put the score at 12-0 after 15 minutes.

Melton began to wake and their crash ball 12 was able to get them on the front foot. Penalty kicks to the posts were turned down in favour of a tactic that they have been so good at all year – the catch and drive. Luckily for the travelling side, Any attempt was stopped by Wests or the lineout target missed. Eventually Melton took the easy three points under the stick to begin their adventure back into the game.

The game began to open as both sides grit their teeth to keep up with the physicality and tempo. A more open game saw Danny Booth receive the ball licking his lips for the line. A great finish in the corner pushed WL further in front at a time Melton were pressing.

Straight from the kick off Melton came back. Trundling into the corner, a great line from the opposition 12 saw him crash over the white wash under the sticks. Surprisingly the kick was missed.

In the closing minutes of the half, Dale Breakwell struck a penalty to edge the scores to 8-20.

The second half kicked off and as the clock ticked down, so did the referees patience. Melton committed an offence at the ruck only to be marched 10 metres and lose a second row to a yellow card. Wests looked to take the advantage when the home sides stand off got involved in play when offside meaning another yellow card was shown.

Wests could not capitalise on the two men over lap as Melton showed their desire to stay in the game. The break through came when a chip exploited ‘nobody at home’ and Jack Marshall beat his man to drop on the ball over the line. 8-27.

Whale then added another penalty to take Wests to 30. Melton fully equipt with 15 men on the field again, made some changed with their player coach coming into the fold. Some gutsy running and quicker ball saw them run in a further 2 tries both converted to make a nervy end to the game. At 22-30, and Melton scoring 14 unanswered points, the belief was still in the camp. Step up Dale Breakwell who cooly knocked over the last points of the day with a 45m drop goal. Definitely the wrong decision until it went over and then it was a tactical ploy we all knew was correct and straight off the training paddock. He must have learnt something from the u12 that taught him to Drop Kick on Thursday.


Celebrations were long and wild but nobody was arrested ;). A massive thank you to all those that travelled. West Leeds Pride on Tour 2015 has one more National Cup trip in them to Twickenham. A long season is almost at a close but promotion is still mathematically possible.

All Details to be announced ASAP regarding the Final against Bromley RFC so WATCH THIS SPACE.

We’re off to Twickenham
We’re off to Twickenham
And now you better believe it and now you better believe it.
And now you better believe it….
We’re off the Twickenham

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