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Your News Blaydon 31 - Cambridge 6

Mastering the wet conditions much the better Blaydon dominated throughout to run in 2 tries in each half on their way to a well deserved opening victory. Astute tactical kicking and a solid defence gave the visitors little chance to shine but at the other end Blaydon were razor sharp.

Their young winger Fraser Wilson showed clever footwork as he scooted down the touchline to secure the first score after 10 minutes and the stage was set for a resounding win. Gavin Painter and then Chris Wearmouth scythed their way through the Cambridge defence to set up a close range effort for flanker Jason Smithson to add try number two.

With the last kick of the half Painter put over a drop goal and at the break it was 14-3, Tom Wheatcroft having landed a penalty for the visitors. The same player was on target again soon after the restart but that was the end of the Cambridge contribution.

Conditions worsened, handling errors abounded, and Blaydon were in total control and a third score inevitable. From a penalty to the corner Smithson gathered in at the line-out to set up a rolling maul and Robert Bell was driven over.

With 20 minutes remaining Blaydon then ran in the try of the game to secure the valuable bonus point. The forwards ground their way into the 22, quick ball was released at the scrum and Lewis Crosbie and Painter combined slickly to release Simon Barber who crossed in the corner.

Inside centre Andrew Baggett crowned a fine display with his 4th successful conversion and the Blaydon season was up and running.

Star man; Gavin Painter (Blaydon)

Referee: Steve lee

Attendance: 350

HT: 17-3 FT: 31-6



Tries: Wilson 7, Smithson 28, Bell 50, Barber 60

Conversions: Baggett 7, 28, 50, 60

Drop goal: Painter 45+2


Penalties: Wheatcroft 20, 46

Reporter: John Brennan

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