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Darlington Mowden Park
Hull Ionians
W Seals, J Brady, T Vaioleti, C Mackenzie
Tries
W Seals (3)
Conversions
Sat 23 Dec 14:00 - RFU National - National 1 Full time Attendance 1,122

Mowden Round Off 2017 With Bonus Point Win

Tries from Seals, Brady, Vaioleti and Mackenzie maintain DMP's 100% home record this season.

The unbeaten home run continued at the Northern Echo Arena yesterday, as DMPRFC scored 4 tries and prevented Hull Ionians RFC from scoring any points.

Having said that, it wasn't until the 38th minute of the first half that the deadlock was broken and up until then the two sides battled for game supremacy, testing each others defences to the limit.

Honours were even a scrum and lineout, with perhaps the home side shading possession and progress in open play. Some big hits were the order of the day and no more evidenced by a superb display by veteran lock Talite Vaioleti, who was prominent in defence and attack for the home side.

The visitors were certainly in the game at that stage, with some strong running and ingenuity around the paddock.

For the score, DMPRFC secured a scrum 5-metres from the Ionians line and when the ball emerged, home fly half Warren Seals found a gap in the visitors defence, scoring the try (5 - 0), but unable to add the extras from wide out.

No more scoring then as the players made their way down the tunnel, with an expectant crowd eagerly awaiting next 40 minutes of play after oranges were served.

The expected dominance materialised after the break, with DMPRFC scoring a further 3 tries, all of them converted and managing to prevent Ionians from scoring a single point.

Lock Jake Brady scored his first home try of the season after 6 minutes of the re-start after intense pressure on the visitors defence paid off, when he found himself being the extra man wide out. (10 - 0) Warren Seals converted from a difficult angle. (12 - 0)

Talite Vaioleti's energy and exhuberence was rewarded in the 59th minute with a deserving try. Stalwart centre Garry Law intercepted and ran fully 50 metres, before being hauled down. Just as the move seemed to have broken down, the supporting players re-kindled the play and the ball found it's way into the hands of VAIOLETI who crashed over for the score, (17 - 0) converted by SEALS. (19 - 0)

The interception was somewhat of a blow for the visitors as they had manufactured their own opportunity in attack until then and the 'interception' misery continued as the game approached the final 10 minutes, as this time replacement wing Callum Mackenzie intercepted a promising Ionians attack, running fully 70 metres for the score, (24 - 0) converted by SEALS (26 - 0).

Battered and tired, Ionians never 'threw in the towel' and were competitive until the final whistle, but when it arrived, it had been a comprehensive win by DMPRFC, cementing their 'silver medal' first half of the season.

As well as the loyal support from the DMPRFC faithful, the crowd was bolstered by what seemed to be the whole 'City' of Horden, who had turned out to watch former Horden Welfare RFC hooker Chris Wood and they were not disappointed as he did them proud.

Raffle Winners:

1st: 276-280 Green
2nd: 311-315 Green

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone in the 'MowdenFamily' and rugby in general.

Next up: Away at Cambridge RFC on Saturday 6th January 2018.

SEE YOU ALL IN 2018

Warren Seals

Player of the Match

Warren Seals

Key moments

35:00
Try Warren Seals scores for Darlington Mowden Park
45:00
Try Jake Brady scores for Darlington Mowden Park
45:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
63:00
Try Talite Vaioleti scores for Darlington Mowden Park
63:00
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
69:00
Try Callum Mackenzie scores for Darlington Mowden Park
69:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park

Videos and photos

Mowden Park v Hull Ionians 23rd Dec 2017
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Warren Seals is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
69:30 Conversion 26 - 0
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
69:00 Try 24 - 0
Callum Mackenzie scores for Darlington Mowden Park
63:00 Try 17 - 0
Talite Vaioleti scores for Darlington Mowden Park
63:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
45:30 Conversion 12 - 0
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
45:00 Try 10 - 0
Jake Brady scores for Darlington Mowden Park
End of period 1
35:00 Try 5 - 0
Warren Seals scores for Darlington Mowden Park
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • Warren Seals Try 35:00'
  • Jake Brady Try 45:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 45:30'
  • Talite Vaioleti Try 63:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 63:00'
  • Callum Mackenzie Try 69:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 69:30'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Law, Garry Law, Garry
Radwan, Adam Radwan, Adam
Seals, Warren Seals, Warren
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Heaton, Matt Heaton, Matt
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Brady, Jake Brady, Jake
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie

League round up

Other National 1 results

Birmingham Moseley
17
41
Coventry
17
17
Rosslyn Park
29
33
Plymouth Albion
Fylde
9
34
Old Albanians
35
35
Ampthill

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 30 134
2. Darlington Mowden Park 30 115
3. Plymouth Albion 30 108
4. Ampthill 30 106
5. Blackheath 30 88
6. Old Elthamians 30 81
7. Birmingham Moseley 30 79

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