Westoe coach hails players despite 14-try defeat

STRUGGLE ... Haswell.
STRUGGLE ... Haswell.

WESTOE suffered a heavy defeat at home to Firwood Waterloo on Saturday, going down 79-7 in their National League Three North game.

The visitors ran in 12 tries in the Tetley’s sponsored fixture, 10 of which came before Westoe managed to get anything on the board.

There’s no excuses because the boys out there gave it their all.

David Haswell

The only try for the South Shields club came in the 76th minute through Ramie Elliot who finished off a passage of forward dominance to continue his strong scoring run.

Westoe were forced to play almost half an hour of the game with only 14 players on the field after using up substitutes through injuries to the front row. The game was reduced to uncontested scrums as a result of the injuries and it was after this point that the visitors began to re-establish themselves in the game after a long period of Westoe pressure.

Head coach David Haswell said: “That’s just one thing, our two front row players get injured it’s just that they’re the rules, everyone knows the rules, and we were just on the wrong side of them today unfortunately.

“Our scrummage was fantastic and that probably wasn’t even our first choice front row, but when we do have something like that not many teams can live with us.”

This was the second heavy defeat in a row for Westoe, after their 98-7 loss to Sandal last weekend, but the score doesn’t reflect the nature of a game that saw the boys in blue take control for much of the game without managing to find a way across the whitewash.

Haswell said: “We made them look like an ordinary side, we were structured, everyone was in their place in defence but the difference was if there was a missed tackle they were very clinical.

“Once they got behind us they were very clinical and they end up scoring tries.

“We’ve got to take our positives, we could’ve quite easily folded and they could’ve been scoring tries left, right, and centre.

“There’s no excuses because the boys out there gave it their all.

“You’ll never hear excuses from us or any of the boys, yes we’ve had injuries, yeah we’ve had unavailabilities but they were the 18 boys who represented the shirt and to a man they did it justice.”