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Your News Richmond 24 - Blaydon 20

Blaydon suffered a first reversal of the season in a disappointing performance at Richmond where they were on the back foot for much of the game. In the closing stages they had enough opportunities to pull back the narrow deficit but typically on the day merely contrived to lose their own line-out ball and concede penalties.

They did however start the better and took a 12th minute lead with an excellent catch and drive for flanker Robert Bell to touch down and Andrew Baggett add the conversion. Richmond were soon to hit back through scrum-half James Gibbs when the Blaydon pack were rolled, and then grabbed the lead when the forwards retained possession through seven phases for 2nd row Charles Lewington to score, both efforts converted by Tom Platt.

Baggett landed a penalty for Blaydon in their best spell thus far but by the interval Richmond winger James Greenwood had intercepted in his own 22 and raced in from 80 metres with Platt again on target to give them a 21-13 lead at the break.

Baggett and Platt exchanged penalties early in the second period but Blaydon were rarely out of their 22 until late-on when they eventually came to life and gradually worked their way upfield to produce a smart move when they broke on the blindside for Tom Jeffrey to take it on and send in Gavin Painter.

The conversion by Baggett gave them hope of a turnaround but Richmond comfortably survived the late pressure to secure a deserved win.

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