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WHEATLEY HILLS 17 – 22 PERCY PARK
If it hadn’t been for an interception, a penalty try and 3 missed penalty kicks, Wheatley would have won this game, so the local wisdom goes, and it was a little like history repeating itself, but this time Park were the winners – just.
Park made a couple of changes in the back division with Lome Fa’atau and John Scott both carrying injuries from the previous week’s exploits. Guido Danil made his first senior start at fullback and Paul Spowart came in at fly half. Austin Phillips was also rewarded with a start in the boiler-room following good performances from the bench in the previous two games.
As in the game at Brunel Road last year Ali Blair opening the scoring with a 70 yard dash snaffling an intercepted pass after a sustained period of attack by the home side. Guido Danil kicked the conversion on 15 minutes for a 7 – 0 lead.
The visitors went further ahead as Andy Dunn charged down the left flank after a line-out. Although he was stopped by the cover defence, the ball was quickly recycled and Argentinean Guido Danil hit the line at pace to score his first Park try. Unfortunately against a stiff breeze, the conversion fell short.