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Two's Too Hot in the Heat for Houghton Two's

Houghton II 0-60 Bishop Auckland Rugby Club 2nd

Bishop Auckland Rugby 2s travelled to Houghton-leSpring and scored a point a minute. Only with the help of our own players lending a hand in the last 10 minutes could Houghton stop the onslaught.

I was a keen boxing fan until the eighties when Tyson started picking people who couldn't cope with him. Saturday was like the eighties (less hair for me and no shoulder pads for Al.), Houghton were up for it!

Their scrum half and stand off looked the part, the rest of the team bouyed by a few ringers from us, were manful in defence. But we had a mismatch on our hands. The first half saw our forwards dominate, producing quick balls for the backs to attack at will. The lineout link between Gallone, Quinn and Richardson was just sublime, but it was the Backs with a mix of old and young that were giving the knockout blow, cutting angles straight off the training pitch. Six try's rolled in from Sayer, Wood, Goddard Williams and two for Palmer converted by Josh Richardson. (He's got to be the best passer of a ball BARUFC has ever had).

The second half continued in the same vein. The Palmer show produced another try. Gwynn Taff Evans showing that class is always class. Two try's from him, Josh Richardson converting again. Houghton needed more help to make this an even contest so Sexton Beech, Wreggs, Turner, Morley and Williams joined ranks. The avalanche of try's was stopped. Morley put in the tackle of the season on Quinn. Poor old Quinny hit the ground like a meteor. (Houghton's ground staff are sill filling in the Quinn shaped hole).

But the last word had to go to the majestic grizzly bear, Taff Evans with a drop goal from 45 metres dissecting the posts to applause from the crowd and players alike.

Final score Bishop 60 Houghton le Spring 0.

Gary Hamilton 19 Apr 11

Bishop Under 17's Power to Victory

Bishop Auckland Rugby Club U17s 69-5 Sunderland

Bishop Auckland Rugby Club Under 17's overwhelmed their opponents Sunderland whilst scoring 11 tries at home on Sunday. It was also a great way to finish off the season, winning 69 -5.

Bishops extra size and power was evident from the start and they were quickly on the offensive. Their opening try was set up by scrum-half Tom Robinson and fly-half Kieran Bedford, who offloaded to Connor Smith. Smith then charged his way through 3 tackles to score in the corner.

Bishop extended their lead when No8 Alec Clarey picked up from the base of the scrum and drove over for his first try. Tom Foulger was successful with the conversion. Bishops forwards were taking on their opponents at every chance with strong running from Smith, Clarey, Shaun Hutchinson, David Moody and Sam Heslop. Captain Jordan Wilson was also setting the example for his fellow teammates with his usual all action performance and attitude.

Clarey extended Bishops lead when he again powered over from short distance having been set up by Smith and Moody. Foulger added the conversion. Sunderland then upped their game and attacked Bishop's line for the first time. Some brave tackling from Jack Fletcher and full-back Chris Griffiths prevented their initial attacks, but the visitors were rewarded when their fly-half crossed kicked for their wing to score.

Bishop were back in the ascendancy and after the home side were penalised, Robinson took a tap penalty and gave the short pass to Heslop. He was tackled just short of the line, but Clarey was in support to pick up and dive over for his hat-trick. Foulger was again accurate with his conversion.

Bishops next try was scored by Tom Robinson after Fletcher had made a powerful run through a number of tackles. He then offloaded to his scrum half who darted over for his try. Winger Cameron Abbott took a high kick and ran back at the defenders, his pass found Robinson who ran in unchallenged for his second try of the game. Bishops prop Ryan Allinson was having an excellent game, especially in the set scrums. Winger Matthew Shuttleworth was bravely tackled as he sped away on one of his runs

Half time 36 - 5

Jordan Wilson opened the scoring in the second half after strong runs by Smith and Hutchinson. With a number of changes in the second half, James Maddison and Ryan Adair were straight into the action. Clarey scored his 4th try of the match after Robinson took a quick tap penalty and passed to his No8, Foulger converted. Fly half Bedford was next to score after Smith had picked up at the base of the scrum, he drew the defence and passed to Bedford to score. Foulger was again successful with the conversion.

Also making his debut was centre Joe Thompson who was called into action straight away, when his strong running got the home side out of trouble in defence.

Second row Shaun Hutchinson scored his first try of the season when he powered over for his well deserved try, Foulger converted. Chris Griffiths rounded off the scoring with his try, converted by Foulger.

This was an excellent way for the team to finish off the season. The man of the match awards went to Alec Clarey for his power performance and 4 tries and also to scrum half Tom Robinson for his 2 tries and overall excellent game.

Team:- C.Griffiths; M. Shuttleworth; Matty; T. Foulger; C.Abbott; K.Bedford; T.Robinson; A.Clarey; C.Smith; J.Fletcher; D.Moody; S.Hutchinson; S.Heslop; J.Wilson(capt); R.Allinson; J.Maddison; Michael; J.Thompson; Gilly; R.Adair

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