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Your News Balydon 17 - Esher 29

The league leaders duly completed their 13th victory but it took them until the 65th minute to gain the ascendancy in the face of some spirited resistance from the home side.

Trailing by 17-12, a spell of pressure brought them a 5 metre scrum, the pack marched forward and over the line for No8 Chris York to touch down, and the Blaydon challenge was halted in its tracks.

Sam Ulph added the conversion, Charles Bamberg put over a drop goal, and then with a Blaydon flanker in the sin-bin, replacement winger Sam Smith put the issue beyond doubt when he scooted in for a second try in the closing minutes.

Blaydon had deservedly led at the interval by 12-6 thanks to 4 excellent penalty successes from full-back Adam Armstrong. Ulph however had responded twice for the visitors and was on the mark again within 90 seconds of the restart.

The game then sprang into life in the 44th minute when Blaydon Director of Rugby, Tom Rock, who had passed a late fitness test to make his return after weeks of injury, made a decisive break from mid-field for prop forward Robbie Kalbraier to thunder over for the opening try.

Home fans were scenting an upset but Esher quickly hit back with a 4th penalty from Ulph and then piled on the pressure to grab the upper hand and finish very much in charge, denying the Crow Trees outfit a losing bonus point.

John Brennan

Half-time 12-6 : Full-time 17-29

Star Man : Sam Ulph (Esher)

Referee : David Walker

Attendance : 283

Scoring :


Try : Kalbraier 40

Penalties : Armstrong 5, 17, 20, 40+4


Tries: York 65, Smith 81

Cons: Ulph 65, 81

Drop goal: Bamberg 69

Penalties: Ulph 28, 40+1, 42, 47

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