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Your News Blaydon 28 - Rosslyn Park 22

The Blaydon bandwagon took another massive step forward with this 9th successive win but having built up a 28-5 lead they almost threw it away in the last ten minutes. With the bonus try secured all looked set for a comfortable victory but direct from the restart the Rosslyn Park backs for almost the first time in the game moved it quickly through the hands to give Neville Edwards the opportunity he had been hoping for for so long.

The young winger shot clear down the left to score in the corner and the visitors were suddenly lifted. Stephen Hamilton added the conversion but crucially failed to add the points to the two tries in two minutes from Charles Broughton, the other winger, and at the whistle Blaydon were home by just six points.

"In the last ten minutes I was starting to panic" said Micky Ward " at one point they looked as if they were out of the game but they found another gear". The Blaydon Director of rugby added "For 90% of the game the tackling by our backs and forwards was tremendous but we had worked our socks off for 70 minutes and maybe were a bit complacent at the end, we made a lot of changes and all the bench were on", and summing up the overall performance said "for parts of that game it wasn't pretty but we did what we were good at and I take my hat off to the whole team, to get those three tries in the first half we were chuffed to bits"

There was no lack of committment in the opening skirmishes with Blaydon just about taking the honours but the game swung dramatically when visiting prop Lorne Ward was yellow carded at a scrum, having earlier being warned. He had scarcely left the field when Blaydon put the penalty to the corner and marched the line-out ball to the line for hooker Matt Hall to touch down.

Three minutes on and Nick Hamilton stormed into the Park 22, fed Jonathon Burn and when that move broke down was on hand to finish it off himself. By the half-hour it was 21-0 with No8 Ben Morris getting the touch at a push-over scrum and Blaydon could reflect on a tremendous start in this battle for second place in the league.

An out of sorts Rosslyn side made little impact in the first half but as the interval approached their forwards at last got it together and after two very effective rolling mauls No8 Hugo Ellis scrambled over in the corner.

Blaydon piled on the pressure after the break in search of a bonus point but it took them until the 67th minute to secure a 4th try when Gavin Painter made a solo break from half-way to send full-back Nathan Bailey on a forceful run to the line, and Andrew Baggett added the conversion, his 9th 100% kicking record for the season.

Home supporters were jubilant but not for long as the visitors launched their late blitz which in the end also earned them a bonus point they could hardly have envisaged.


BLAYDON: Bailey, Painter, Inceldon, Banks, Barber, Baggett (Guy 68), Burn (Charlton 50), Kalbrairer (Ward 78), Hall (Sanderson 68), Ward (Davison 50) Wearmouth, English (Vinnicombe 63), Hamilton, Bell, Morris.

ROSSLYN PARK: Lewis-Pratt, Broughton, Cower (Katz 58), Mackey, Edwards, Hamilton, Heeks, Bigley(Kent 75), Richmond, Ward, Boyle (Lloyd-Jones 60), Bowley, Baldwin, Campbell (Rowland 60), Ellis.

Statistics: Penalties conceded 7-9

Line-outs won 9-9

Line-outs lost 8-1

Scrums won 7-6

Scrums lost 1-1

Sin-bins Ward (Rosslyn Park 15 minutes)

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