West suffer rugby reality check

GO WEST: West attacker Stephen Jones goes forward for West Stags against Horden Seconds. Picture by TOM YEOMAN
GO WEST: West attacker Stephen Jones goes forward for West Stags against Horden Seconds. Picture by TOM YEOMAN
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WEST Hartlepool travelled to Chester on top of the league after their first game of the season – and then received a dose of reality from the side which has set its stall out for promotion this season.

The home side cruised to a 62-7 win courtesy of supremacy in the forwards and some sharp running from a back division which included Tom Foden - brother of England’s Ben.

Young Foden has spent the past three seasons in the Championship and it showed.

West put up a fight throughout and enjoyed some good individual performances but it was the collective power of a side put together for promotion which was dominant.

Worse for West were injuries to number eight Stewart Grazier in the first half and a serious knee injury to stand-off Stu Waites which could keep him out for some time.

West’s director of rugby Kevan Oliphant said: ”Chester blew us away early season last year and they did it again.

“They have set their stall out for promotion and strengthened their squad during the summer and you can’t see any visiting league side winning there this season.”

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