Colts v Percy Park RFC 7 March 2012

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Percy Park were the visitors to Warwick road on Easter Saturday to play the Colts and brought the largest physical side the Colts will probably play this season.

Right from the start they took the game to the home side and within a few minutes were one try up through their fly half. The Carlisle side tried hard to pinch one back though and after some good driving forward play down the right, the ball was worked swiftly across the back line and winger Tom Kelly was unlucky not to cross the whitewash, just being held up.

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The visitors defended well and took advantage whilst the Carlisle side were re-organising their back line with the loss of centre Euan Foster, to score their second try with barely 10 minutes of the match gone.

The home side were quick to break back though and after a scrum 30m out, some quick ball out to fly half Tom McMann saw him release centre Adam Robertson to break the visitors defence for the first Carlisle score. This proved however to be a temporary halt to the visitors progress who by the end of the first half had scored another two tries with no response from the Carlisle side.

Percy Park continued in the same vein in the second half and were soon further ahead with a penalty for an infringement at the ruck. There then followed a feisty few minutes which saw the visitors reduced to 14 men by the referee who’d stood no nonsense all match.

Unfortunately for the home side this just seemed to galvanise the visitors and Percy Park scored a further two tries before their complement was restored. There then followed the best passage of play all day from the Carlisle side who were unlucky not to score when fullback Alex Clark was hauled down just a few metres from the try line.

Keeping ball in hand the home side forged down the park and from a ruck set up 10m out, Ollie Armstrong nicked a typical scrum half’s try by sniping round the side of the ruck for the last score of the game.

Carlisle struggled all match to contain the visitors and will need to up their game for the return leg next weekend.

Date:            7th April 2012    
Kick off time:        3pm
Match:            Carlisle v Percy Park
Venue:            Carlisle
Won / drawn / lost:    Lost
Result:            12 v 43
Half time score:    7 v 28

Carlisle scores by:

Tries:  A Robertson, O Armstrong
Cons: T McMann (1)

Report sent in by:        B Glendinning