No easy fixtures as teams scrap for points

Date: Friday 19th January 2018

WEST Hartlepool are the visitors to Winters Park today and will be in confident mood following their victory over league leaders Morpeth on Saturday.

Penrith coach Dave Preston says he is expecting an “interesting afternoon” against a team Penrith beat 48-22 in the reverse fixture.

“They are never an easy game,” he said. “They play decent rugby, but with physicality.

“They beat top of the table Morpeth last week and from what I can see they have more of their players back than when we played across there earlier in the season.

“As I say week after week, if we concentrate on our own game and do that right we should get the result we are looking for.”

With the North One East table tight at the top and the bottom, Preston said all clubs are “scrapping for points” and there are no easy games.

“Week in week out, we have just got to look to ourselves and play the best rugby we can,” he said.

“Last week we were better than against Dinnington — the atmosphere about the team felt much better. We’ve just got to keep slowly ramping it up and building and building, and keep a buzz about the team.”

The coach was pleased with a “good away win” and five points at Northern on Saturday and said: “We looked as if we were going to run away with it, but let them score just before half-timejust like they had done in the home game.

“They had much the better of the second half.

“Our defence in and around the 22 was good, but on halfway and in their half it was poor and that’s where we leaked tries.”