Newcastle West 37 Waterpark 20

Updated: October 23, 2014
Half-time Huddle

Stephen Kelly made his return to competitive rugby last Sunday and what a return it turned out to be,playing his part in a magnificent all round performance by the squad.
It was the first day of autumn type conditions with some showers through the day. Tom Fox and Michael McAuliffe were greeting our supporters The grounds staff had the field in great condition and the kettle was boiled with tea and coffee on offer for all.
All was set for the teams first home league game of 2014/2015.The game started with intense pressure being put on the home pack by a very aggressive and well organised Waterpark eight. The first three scrums were very difficult but the home side got to parity and were now laying the foundations for the back line. Waterpark were first to score from a penalty in the tenth minute after NCW were penalised for not releasing .It would be fifty minutes before they would score again.
They home side now stepped up the pace and the next seventy minutes was a joy to watch. Stephen Kelly scored a super try in Murphys corner when the pack laid on great ball for the backs who from 1st phase with the ball travelling through from Sean to Conor to Rossa to John Sheehan and Stepen joing to carve open waterpark in the fifteenth minute. Although the home side were having big problems with there line out they were keeping the pressure on in all areas of the field and it was this pressure that gave us a penalty which Conor converted.
Stephens second try came again from a turnover by the pack and it was again scored from 1st phase possession ,ball handled by all the back line and Stephen stepping inside to score a great try in the 34th minute. If the backs thought this day was going to be all about running tries the forward wanted in on the act as well,a turnover by Gary McDonald fed quickly to Sean Leahy who gained twenty yards,Dave Foley arrived possession secured,big James arrives with TJ,Pa Galvin,Sean Corbett on toe. Corbett picks and drives for the line but is dispossessed by TJ as they cross the line and Relihan claims the try which Conor converts. Half-time arrives with the score 22-6.
The forwards were providing go forward ball and the backs were finishing in style,there is a saying in rugby that forwards win matches and backs decided by how much and this was a combination of that.
The home team turned to play into the club house and they had earned a bonus point by the 47th minute when Captain Sean Herlihy got a try after a super kick forward by Tommy K saw a mistake in the Waterpark defence and pressure again from the backline contributed to this try.
Waterpark scored a converted try in the 60th minute to take the score to 27-13 and the sniff of an open door for the visitors, but it was not to be. again Conor kicked us in to the corner and the forwards carried towards the line and then released the backline, with all handling and the James Kelly appeared from the opposite wing and played a huge role in getting the final pass to brother Stephen for his hat-trick.
Not done yet and taking up his new role in the centre where a patient and controlled performance by Rossa and his partner John saw Rossa score his first try of the year and the score was now 37-13.
A moment of madness which I will leave to the coach to discuss saw Waterpark gifted a try in the final action of the game.Final score 37-20 bonus point in the bag.
This was an excellent squad performance with the introduction of all replacements, Richard Langford, Declan Moloney, Karl Hayes, Alan O Riordan and Sean Berkery at the right times contributing to the performance.
Man of the match has to go to Stephen Kelly. However it was an all round excellent performance.

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