North One East
West Leeds RUFC 31 v Percy Park RFC 22
“It might be a New Year but it’s not a happy start”
Recalling our second half performance away at Morley we all hoped that our season, would not and surely could not produce a crushing low as that; however on Saturday Percy Park produced a performance against a struggling and weakened West Leeds side that did just that…how we lost this game is beyond my understanding and thankfully my remit. I am aware that ‘the- debrief’ has already started and all the Percy Park faithful can hope for is that our players and coaching staff are able to ‘put things right’. What I can say, and what we can all see, is that we are so different away from home. Why is that? ... We are such a good side, full of really talented players who for some reason cannot replicate our excellent home form onto the road. It’s not a time to panic just yet. Eight points separate Park from the leagues twelfth placed side and a relegation place. However this game has to be a wake-up call. The results between teams in this league are such that we cannot just rely on our home form to ensure survival. It really is time that we started putting in some wins on the road.
Percy Park won (just about) every line out, every scrum. Totally dominated the forward area, scored 4 tries to West Leeds 3, played against 13 men and still lost. So then what is the story……..and in the telling I hope you will feel the pain of this very partisan supporter.
The Boxing Day Bout
Rockcliff RFC 22 v Percy Park RFC 38
Rockcliff RFC Colts 12 v Percy Park Colts 51
‘Percy Park gather en-masse to storm the Red fortress’
On a bright and sunny Boxing Day afternoon Rockcliff’s Hillheads ground was awash with partisan colour as the cousins met to decide who would be ‘wearing the crown’ for another year. With resplendent facilities, Rockcliff are on the up and the mood around their camp was buoyant; believing that this year was going to be their year. The pre match banter was boisterous and as the Park gladiators entered the arena in determined mood, the volume swelled and the anticipation intensified. First up into the coliseums heat strode the Park Colts side led on the day by Coach Al McDonald and Coach Mark ’Paul’ Jackson.
Park looked big and mean and from the kick off showed real intent by making deep incursions into the Rockcliff half. They had power and pace that saw wing Will Robinson score twice in quick succession. One conversion from Dan Jackson was sublime with the player notching from far out wide on the touchline. Park looked good and the score line ticked over, yet they also frustrated the supporter as overlaps and opportunities to score were wasted by players preferring the contact or playing with their head down to the artificial grass. One charge down and score by Thomas Moore reflected Parks superiority on the day as Rockcliff creaked under the pressure. However Rockcliff are not without their stars….their loose head prop and open side are really good players and although it was back to the wall stuff they had their moments pressing Park and scoring two tries of their own. Despite the score it was a great contest that had that ‘old Boxing Day thrill’ where emotions bubbled to the surface reflecting the players desire not to lose out to their ‘cousin from just around the corner’.
Next up the big event.