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Your News Blaydon 18 - Launceston 16

Two tries in ten minutes from winger Brendan Daniel swung this exciting encounter in Blaydon's favour, but Launceston with a late rally could have gone home with a share of the spoils.

Just 2 points adrift after their replacement centre Jamie Semmens had capitalised on a swift counter attack, fly-half Adam Stanniforth had the chance to level matters with the last kick of the game but saw his conversion effort drift narrowly wide.

The visitors had been impressive for two thirds of the game and would have deserved a draw, yet for all their superiority had actually threatened very little until they were up against it near the end. Blaydon however, despite being on the back foot for long spells, defended magnificently and when the chances came along took them in style.

It was against the run of play when Blaydon opened the scoring with an Andrew Baggett penalty on 30 minutes, a lead they held until the final minute of the half when Stanniforth levelled for the Cornish All Blacks.

Stanniforth struck again in the 6th minute of the second period but Blaydon suddenly shrugged off their shackles, and inspired by some fine running from full-back Adam Dehaty rocked the visitors with two excellent tries.

Martin Shaw made the initial break for the first, with Ben Mercer taking it on at pace to send in Daniel on a diagonal run and Baggett landed the points. The ever dangerous Daniel then added his second after snapping up a loose ball and with no support had little option but to take on the entire Launceston defence brushing aside three half-hearted tackles in a tremendous solo effort.

A Baggett penalty made it 18-6 with 10 minutes remaining and the Cornishmen in disarra, but somehow they conjured up a come-back and second row Tim Collins was driven over to set up a dramatic finale.

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