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Blaydon leapfrogged Tynedale in the National League One table after a 25-19 win over their local rivals. A crowd of 652 was attracted to Crow Trees for the only game of the weekend

in the division and they were rewarded with a see- saw north- east derby that saw the lead change hands on five separate occasions.

Blaydon, who move up two places in the table to seventh as a result of the victory, scored all 25 of their points inside the first 47 minutes. But Tynedale could only manage three points

themselves after the break, fly- half Joel Hodgson accepting a penalty chance two minutes from time.

Blaydon’s tries all came from the pack with lock Keith Laughlin and back- rowers, Benjamin Morris and Robert Bell, all crossing in the first half. Blaydon are one of only four teams in the

division to have scored more tries through their forwards than the backs with a 39:20 split. Cambridge, Wharfedale and Coventry are the other sides to rely on ‘pack power’. In contrast,

a third of all Tynedale’s tries this season have come from the wings, with Matthew Horrocks responsible for adding another at the weekend.

The trusty boots of Andrew Baggett (Blaydon) and Gavin Beasley (Tynedale) supplied the rest of their side’s points. Baggett is now the fourth best kicker in the league with 150 points

next to his name from 18 penalties and 48 conversions.

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