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1st XV - Match centre

Vale of Lune
M Harrop
Unknown, Unknown
J Blakeney-Edwards
J Blakeney-Edwards (4)
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

A Game of Two Halves


After a good first half performance and building a 19v0 lead, the expected second half bonus point performance just did not come

There were a number of changes in the Kendal line up from the win at Kirkby Lonsdale last weekend. Zane Butler, Danny Barker, Nick Carlton and Chris Downham dropping out, with Mark Carruthers, Ben Dixon and Kirk Chettleburgh coming in.

Promoted as Champions last season, Vale of Lune have had a tough start to the season and were one of only two teams in the League awaiting a win, after losses to relegated Blaydon, and also promoted Wilmslow.

Kendal got off to a bad start, after much improved lineout performances this season, they managed to get penalised on their first two throws.

180915 1st XV v Vale of Lune
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Despite the shaky start, Kendal had the lead after four minutes. Vale conceded a soft penalty in their own twenty two, for obstruction as they tried to run the ball out of defence. Jack Blakeney-Edwards put the kick over off the post 3v0.

Dini Noyo started to make a number of good runs out of defence, and after one on the right the ball was moved across field to Myles Harrop on the left, who made good ground but was stopped near the line. When the ball came out Glen Weightman twice went for the line, when there may have been better options outside him, and the move was ended with a knock-on.

Despite being on top in the scrum, Kendal were penalised several times, but extended their lead with a second Jack Blakeney-Edwards penalty when the Vale pack were penalised after a quarter of an hour.6v0.

Four minutes later Kendal again went for the posts, when Vale were caught offside after another good Dini Noyo run. Jack Blakeney-Edwards again made no mistake. 9v0.

A try finally came after twenty minutes. Vale lost the ball in the Kendal half and Glen Weightman put an excellent kick up field. It was well chased by Myles Harrop, and when the bounce of the ball evaded the Vale defence, he did well to gather, and then shrug off several attempted tackles, to go through to score, with Jack Blakeney-Edwards adding the conversion. 16v0.

When awarded a further penalty with ten minutes of the half to play, after Vale failed to release the ball in the tackle, Kendal yet again decided to go for the posts, and yet again Jack Blakeney-Edwards made no mistake. 19v0.

The referee yellow carded a Vale prop for a “no arms tackle” (shoulder charge), but Kendal could not take advantage of the extra man advantage.

There was no more scoring before half time, and only disappointment was Kendal had not score more tries, but there was plenty of time to play.

The second half turned into a dull affair, with Kendal dominating possession, but making a string of handling errors, and poor decisions, whilst Vale offered little attacking threat.

After fifteen minutes, with Matthew Charters receiving attention, Kendal made a double substitution with Jack Lashley and Robbie Collinson coming on, and Mark Irving and Garry Holmes coming off.

After needing more attention Matthew Charters was finally forced off ten minutes later, with Chris Park replacing him. He did not join the back row, instead going to fullback, with Dini Noyo going onto the wing, and Ben Dixon to his normal position of No.8.

Vale pulled a try back with five minutes to play. Finding themselves defending in their own twenty two, despite having several opportunities to clear their lines, Kendal tried to run the ball out of defence, and were finally punished when a loose pass in midfield, was intercepted by centre Jonty Higgin, who had the simple job of touching down, with the conversion added by wing Olly Jacques (?) 19v7

Another period of Kendal pressure came to nothing, and it was Vale who score again on the break, with Olly Jacques going over, but crucially the conversion failed meaning that Vale would need more than a single converted try for victory. 19v12.

Kendal managed to hold out for the final four minutes of play for an important win.

Vale will rarely do so little in attack and get a losing bonus point, but it was their solid defensive performance, which rarely gave the Kendal back line any space to work with, that earned it for them.

For Kendal, another performance where pressure and possession, was not turned into points. The experiment of playing Ben Dixon on the wing was inconclusive as the players inside him rarely chose to use him, despite him often getting into good positions. Too many moves were repeated allowing the Vale defence to predict where the ball was going, and the dangers of having forwards cluttering up the back line, led to a number of difficult passes going to ground, and the interception try.

Another key game next weekend with a first ever visit to Alnwick, who got their first win of the season at Wilmlsow, whilst Vale go looking for their first win with a home game against Kirkby.

The well taken try and some excellent tackles saw Myles top the poll
Last season no one picked up the vote twice until Christmas, this season it has happened twice in four games
Garry Holmes came in a little further back, with ten players getting at least one vote.

PenKendal12Jack Blakeney-Edwards430
PenKendal12Jack Blakeney-Edwards1460
PenKendal12Jack Blakeney-Edwards1890
TryKendal14Myles Harrop23140
ConKendal12Jack Blakeney-Edwards24160
PenKendal12Jack Blakeney-Edwards31190
= = = = = = = = =HALF TIME40+4190
sub-onKendal16Jack Lashley55190
sub-offKendal3Mark Irving55190
sub-onKendal18Robbie Collinson55190
sub-offKendal2Garry Holmes55190
sub-onKendal21Chris Park67190
sub-offKendal8Matthew Charters67190
TryVale of Lune12Jonty Higgs71195
ConVale of Lune11Olly Jaques72197
TryVale of Lune111Olly Jaques811912
= = = = = = = = =FULL TIME851912

KendalVale of Lune
Dini Noyo15Jordan Dorrington
Myles Harrop14Charlie Lomas
Mark Carruthers13Fergus Owens
Jack Blakeney-Edwards12Jonty Higgins (C)
Ben Dixon11Olly Jacques
Glen Weightman10Ben Dorrington
Alex Pantechis9Billy Swarbrick
Dom Musetti1Mike Bradshaw
Garry Holmes2Andy Powers
Mark Irving3Ross Pillow
Liam Hayton4Adam Foxcroft
John Dervey5Harry Fellows
Steven Nelson6Callu Kyle
Kirk Chettleburgh7Jack Ayrton
Matthew Charters8James Robinson
Jack Lashley(16) subSteve Tagg
Robbie Collinson(18) subDan Rainforth
Chris Park(21) subWill Hunt

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Myles Harrop

Player of the Match

Myles Harrop

Key moments

Penalty Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
Penalty Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
Penalty Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
Try Myles Harrop scores for Kendal
Conversion Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Kendal
Penalty Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
Try Try for Vale of Lune
Conversion Conversion for Vale of Lune
80:00 +1:00
Try Try for Vale of Lune

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180915 1st XV v Vale of Lune
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80:00 +1:00 Try 19 - 12
Try for Vale of Lune
72:00 Conversion 19 - 7
Conversion for Vale of Lune
71:00 Try 19 - 5
Try for Vale of Lune
67:00 Sub On
Chris Park is substituted on for Kendal
65:00 Sub On
Jack Lashley is substituted on for Kendal
65:00 Sub On
Robbie Collinson is substituted on for Kendal
End of period 1
40:00 +50:00 Player of the Match
Myles Harrop is awarded player of the match for Kendal
35:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Vale of Lune
31:00 Penalty 19 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
24:00 Conversion 16 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Kendal
23:00 Try 14 - 0
Myles Harrop scores for Kendal
18:00 Penalty 9 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
14:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
4:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a penalty for Kendal
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As it happened

  • Kendal
  • Vale of Lune
  • 0
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Penalty 4:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Penalty 14:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Penalty 18:00'
  • Myles Harrop Try 23:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Conversion 24:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Penalty 31:00'
  • Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Jack Lashley Sub On 65:00'
  • Robbie Collinson Sub On 65:00'
  • Chris Park Sub On 67:00'
  • Try 71:00'
  • Conversion 72:00'
  • Try 80:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Noyo, Dini Noyo, Dini
Harrop, Myles Harrop, Myles
Carruthers, Mark Carruthers, Mark
Blakeney-Edwards, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, Jack
Dixon, Ben Dixon, Ben
Weightman, Glen Weightman, Glen
Pantechis, Alex Pantechis, Alex
Charters, Matthew Charters, Matthew
Chettleburgh, Kirk Chettleburgh, Kirk
Nelson, Steven Nelson, Steven
Dervey, John Dervey, John
Hayton, Liam Hayton, Liam
Irving, Mark Irving, Mark
Holmes, Garry Holmes, Garry
Musetti, Dom Musetti, Dom

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Ilkley 26 67
9. Alnwick 26 64
10. Kirkby Lonsdale 26 56
11. Lymm 26 46
12. Kendal 26 35
13. Vale of Lune 26 26
14. Wilmslow 26 20

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