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Your News Blaydon 35 - Launceston 26

For the second game in succession Blaydon were involved in a try-fest, losing out by 5 scores to 4 at Cambridge last week but yesterday triumphing by 5 tries to 4 in a monumental encounter with 3rd placed Launceston.

It was end to end stuff in the opening 28 minutes with score after score being cancelled out, and then strangely nothing until 15 minutes from time when it all started up again.

Scott Riddell got the scoreboard rolling in the 3rd minute with a brilliant solo effort when he went clear over half-way to chip the full-back and touch down in the corner. Andrew Baggett added the conversion, the first of all 5, but scarcely had the dust settled when some poor tackling let in Tom Rawling for the visitors, Tony Yapp converting, the first of his 3 successes.

No8 Jason Smithson got Blaydon back in front from a rolling maul following a penalty to the corner only to then see an identical effort at the other end by Sam Hocking. Launceston found themselves in the lead for the only time when Neil Bayliss went in from close range but Kerry Wood soon righted matters when he stretched over the line after James Fitzpatrick had stormed into the 22.

Leading 21-19 at the break Blaydon grabbed their bonus point try courtesy of Baggett after Andrew Archibald had been held up on the line under the posts. Predictably however Launceston hit straight back with tremendous pressure on the home line resulting in a try for Nathan Hannay.

It was back to a flimsy 2 point lead going into time added on but Blaydon continued to go forward. A tap penalty and a short scrum took them deep into the 22, the forwards took it on and it was second row Chris Wearmouth who emerged successfully from a pile of bodies over the Launceston line. What a game!

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