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Your News Manchester 12 - Blaydon 145

After their two disastrous opening games Manchester brought in 4 new players in an attempt to stem the tide, but even the assistance of the little boy with his finger in the dyke would have had little effect as Blaydon added to their woes with frightening ease by running in 23 tries.

For Blaydon it was a record club score, beating a 124-0 drubbing of Orrell, and a second win of the season, but Manchester are clearly a club in serious trouble. They did manage to record their first points of the season with tries from Luke Haidinger and Matt Rockey, with a conversion by Jack Turton but the points against column now stands at 388 from just three games.

Amazingly the first 4 minutes prior to the opening score were a comedy of errors for Blaydon, including 4 knock-ons and a pass into touch with a clear overlap. When the try did arrive it was an absolute cracker from Director of Rugby, Tom Rock. Still playing out of position at scrum-half, he shot clear from half-way to bamboozle the shambolic home defence.

The flood gates opened, the tries rained in and by the interval it was 5-62 and had it been a boxing match the referee would not have allowed Manchester to come out for the second period.

Blaydon winger Kevin McShane who had an outstanding game, ran in 4 of the tries, Rock went on to complete a hat-trick as did centre James Fitzpatrick. Jason Smithson, Matt Dehaty, Paul Vinnicombe and Kenny Wood all picked up a brace, whilst Paddy Dias, Robbie Kalbraier and Justin Clarke also crossed the Manchester line, and fly-half Richard Windle was on target with 15 conversions.

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