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Carlisle travelled to Percy Park, North Tyneside last Sunday and although the weather was perfect, the same could not be said for the result with the visitors going down to a 55 – 14 defeat.
Carlisle did not have a full strength side available with players either injured or sick and despite everyone giving up their best the 15 man squad were simply unable to contain a strong, full strength Percy Park team. Within the first 15 minutes, the home side broke through the Carlisle defences at speed, to run in 4 tries, two of which were converted.
The score, however disguised the fact that when in possession Carlisle handled the ball with competence and on several occasions good recycling from the breakdowns ensured they were often in the home side’s 22. Carlisle held their own in the scrums too, with stand in scrum half Jack Fletcher handling the pressure well ensuring quick ball to the backs.
When Carlisle closed the home side down and put them under pressure, from several good kicks in open play from fly half Struan Kyle, Percy Park were prone to drop the ball and make errors. Eventually Carlisle efforts were rewarded when flanker Guy Graham drove over directly under the sticks. This followed some determined driving from the Carlisle pack to just short of the line.
Kyle converted, 24 – 7 at half time.
The second half saw Carlisle battle on and for the first 10 minutes, they managed to hold the home side and retain possession. From a scrum the ball went left to the backs and full back Josh Heap broke away, managing to stay in touch down the left hand side, to carry the ball under the posts for Carlisle’s second try. Kyle once again converted.
At this point Carlisle looked set for more points, but eventually the pace of the game began to take its toll and fresher legs from the home side saw them run in a further 5 tries.
Despite being behind everyone of Carlisle’s players stuck at it until the end and never gave up – they could not have given any more. Both sides were a credit to youth rugby.
Carlisle look forward to the return fixture in the New Year.
Date: 6 Nov 2011
Kick off time: 11.00 pm
Match: Percy Park v Carlisle
Venue: Percy Park, North Tyneside
Won / drawn / lost: Lost
Result: 55 v 14
Half time score: 24 v 7
Report sent in by: G Telford