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Billingham 43 v Bishop Auckland 21

Billingham 43 v Bishop Auckland 21

BARUFC's U 13's travelled to Billingham at the weekend to play a mixed ability team that featured several county standard players. Bishop started well but were soon under pressure. Despite the excellent defensive work from Luke Handley, Kyle Bradford and James Scrivener Billingham scored two tries early on. Eventually Bishop found some rhythm and began to play flowing rugby with Rhys Jary and Callum Howe taking the game to the home side with some strong direct running. This resulted in Dan Wood winning a chase for the line to score his first try for the club. With Jary kicking the conversion and adding to his seasons points tally. Billingham replied immediately scoring and converting a well worked try. The final play of the first half saw Josh 'Jay Jays' Dewhurst intercept a pass on the twenty-two yard line to run in and score. The conversion was kicked by Jary, giving Billingham a 3 point lead at the interval.

Billingham started the second half strongly putting Bishop on the back foot and scoring three quick tries. Ten minutes into the second half Bishop started to display their best rugby of the season, with phase after phase of attacking rugby. With some excellent attacking backs play from Craig, Peareth, Fish, Chapman, Wood and Waterhouse. Billingham's defensive line held strong and Bishop were unable to make their pressure count. Bishop were cruelly caught out by a break away try despite a last ditch tackle from Chapman. From the kick off Bishop attacked Billingham's try line. A quick tap penalty from Jary saw Howe cross the line for Bishop's third try of the game, which was converted by Dewhurst. Bishop's performance was their best of the season with some excellent scrummaging and forward play from Lee, Scrivener, Rutter, Kierl and Dent.

Man of the Match: James Scrivener

Anyone interested in playing rugby at any age or ability please visit the website www.bishopaucklandrugby.co.uk or contact Peter Gallone on 07825 521632

David Randall

U9s Willing and Able

The first thing I would like to point out was the great turn out by the team we had 15 willing and able players.

As we new West only had 7 players, we decided to split out team into two teams to allow each team two game and give all the players more time on the pitch.

So on this sunny but cool Autumn morning seeing the pitches return to a playable state after the bonfire night, the question was would we see the Rugby spark to life.

The first game was Bishop against West, the game was played with pace and good team work Bishop lead 3 tries to 0 at half time. The second half saw West with a lot more composure and they fought back bravely and gained two tries, then Bishop stayed focused and managed to score another two tries to finely win the game 5 tries to 2. The Bishop team was made up of Toby, Harry, Jamie, Joe, Matthew, Leame, Matthew & Ellen.

The second game was Bishop against Bishop. This game produced some excellent flowing play, both teams played with the determination and grit. The final score was Bishop (Yellow bibs) 6 tries to Bishop 4. The second Bishop team was made of Michael, Oliver, Sam, Stuart, Jordan, Robert & Perry.

The final game saw Bishop against West, this game saw a more determined West side and after some good Rugby the first half ended 2 tries to 2 tries. The second half saw Bishop take control of the game to run out eventual winner by 5 tries to 3 tries.

I have not mentioned individual players in this report, although there were players that stood out or should I say what we have come to expect. However the most pleasing thing over all for me and Gaz was the overall performance of all the Bishop players, they have become very organised, showed good passing play, but more than anything else they all left the field smiling. As for the Rugby spark back to life it was better than the firework display. Well done team.

Graham McCarvey

Under 7's and Under 8's Tag v West Hartlepool

The minis tag this week proved ever popular with 17 players turning up ready and willing to play.

The players were split into the two age groups. West had 12 players in total so we decided each team would play both age groups.

Bishop started slow but soon warmed up, James (the mighty atom) was on top form scoring some really first class tries. Ryan once again was like lightening weaving in and out of Wests strong defence to score. Newcomer to the team Ian showed great skill and determination.

Bishop displayed a big improvement with both teams starting to play as a TEAM.

All the games were played in good spirit.

A big thank you goes to the 2 guys who came from the seniors to ref for us.

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