Tynedale Raiders 3 v 39 DMPRFC 2nds
On fine day for running rugby, DMP 2nds took full advantage of favourable conditions to bag a bonus-point win against old rivals, Tynedale.
An evenly-contested start to the game saw play condensed into the space between the twenty twos, though the visitors showed early signs of having more fire power. So it proved, as a series of forward drives were repelled by the home side, only to leave a sparsely-defended blind side which was exploited by fly-half, Garry Law
, who handed a fist ever try to young scrum-half, Danny Winter
. Mowden led 5 – 0 on ten minutes, but within three, their hosts had hit back, converting a simple penalty to reduce the arrears to two points. Amazingly, this proved to be Tynedale’s only score of the game, as the visitors’ aggressive gain-line defence prevented them from getting any purchase in the red zone throughout the match. At the other end of the field, the home side were finding themselves increasingly stretched by Law’s midfield breaks, and with their pack unable to prevent a steady supply of good ball, they began to fall behind. On 18 minutes, Law shrugged off a couple of would-be tacklers to glide in from 30 metres, and though Tynedale’s scrambled defence prevented further damage for the next seventeen minutes, when the same player went in again with five minutes of the half remaining, the home side’s resistance was temporarily broken. Mark Bell
added the extras, and within a couple of minutes he was having another shot, this time unsuccessful, as Law completed a first-half hat-trick with scarcely a hand on him. The half-time message was all about the danger of assuming 22 – 3 was a winning lead, and the away team took it to heart, flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half, determined to take full advantage of a rare opportunity to gain an away win at Corbridge. Within five minutes they had added to their lead; young winger Josh Murray
continuing his fine start to the season with a simple finish on the end of a fine passing move. 27 – 3 became 32 – 3 ten minutes later, when Murray again glided into the left corner, this time following yet another clean break from Law. The last quarter saw Tynedale finally achieve parity of possession, but the away team’s defence remained impenetrable, so it looked as though 32 – 3 would be the final score. This proved not to be the case, however, as Law capped his man-of-the-match performance with a fourth try, running a good support line to take the final pass following some good forwards’ interplay. Law drop-goaled the conversion with the last kick of the game, for a personal tally of 22 points and a final score of Tynedale Raiders 3, DMP 2nds 39.