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Tynedale 32 v Rugby Lions 5 (Half Time: 22-0)

On a memorable day in the history of Tynedale Rugby Club the Tynedale First XV we turned on the style to gain the bonus point win which ensures they are champions of National Three (North) with still 5 games left to play. The only side to beat them this season to date, Rugby Lions, were simply blown away as Tom Borthwick's men homed in on the five point victory target.

Playing with a near gale-force wind at their back Tyne were quickly on the offensive and were rewarded with a Phil Belgian penalty after only 4 minutes. With Tyne's handling making light of the tricky conditions it wasn't long before the opening try arrived, Peter Southern scoring from close range with 10 minutes on the clock.

Tyne continued to ask questions of a well organised Lions defence and the second try came on 22 minutes when Rob Miller darted over wide out - Belgian kicking a tricky conversion for a healthy 15-0 lead.

Three minutes later Jack Smales sped over for the third try following good work from Grant Rastall but any thoughts of a landslide were dispelled by a resolute Lions side who saw out the remainder of the half with Tyne holding a healthy 22 point advantage.

The second half was played in similar fashion to the first with Tyne dominating possession and territory and Lions, who struggled to keep the ball for any length of time, not really posing any sort of threat.

The bonus point try was not long in coming - Micky Young nipping over after some forceful forward play with only 11 second half minutes played.

Eight minutes later the match was completely in Tyne's hands when Young scored his second after further dynamic forward play followed by slick hands presented the opportunity.

With three minutes left of normal time Lions did get a consolation try as Tyne's concentration slipped for one of the few times in the match. Upset by the Lions try Tyne came back straight from the kick off with two minutes of excellent inter-play which unfortunately came to nought with the final pass going astray. The ref blew his whistle and the celebrations began!

TEAM: R Miller, J Smales, J Harrison,P Belgian (M Laycock), B Duncan, Gavin Beasley, M Young, P Southern (D Jupp), R Vickers (A Charlton), R Harden, B Marshall, T Swinson, G MacGilchrist (M Fieldhouse), A Murray, G Rastall

REPLACEMENTS: M Laycock, D Jupp, A Charlton, M Fieldhouse

SCORERS: P Southern - try, R Miller - try, J Smales - try, M Young - 2 tries, P Belgian - 2 conv,pen

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