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Development XV - Match centre

Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
Blaydon Georgians
D Turner (2), C Dodd, J Poole, N Welsh
Full time
J Blakeney-Edwards (2)
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - League

DMPRFC 2nds 29 v 22 Blaydon Georgians

On a perfect day for running rugby, both sides did their bit to provide an entertaining game, which in the end was deservedly won by the hosts.

The home side were very energetic out of the blocks and a sustained assault on the Blaydon line was finished off by tight head, Dave Turner, for a 5 - 0 lead on five minutes. Mowden remained on the front foot, but a series of missed chances prevented addition to the total, and they were to regret their failures when the visitors equalised on 21 minutes following a well-executed blindside move. Acting loose head, Chris Dodd, who had a very influential game despite having to play the whole of it out of position, restored the home side's lead with a trademark storming run from the 22, and soon after, Turner bagged his second with an unstoppable burst on 35 minutes. Impressive fly-half, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, added the extras, and the hosts appeared to be comfortable as half-time approached with the score at 17 - 5. Blaydon had other ideas, however, and with the home side again sleeping on the blindside, their speedy left winger strolled in for his second try. There was just time to restart the game, and as the home pack failed entirely to deal with a regulation kick, the ball appeared in the arms of the visiting winger once more with exactly the same outcome, as he completed a first half hat-trick. The last minute of the opening period somewhat transformed Mowden's half-time teamtalk, but emphasis was placed on doing the same things all over again in attack, even if a little more concentration would be needed in defence. The boys more or less managed to achieve this, and a solid start was rewarded when debutant hooker, Jordan Poole, latched onto the back of a strong line-out drive to add gloss to his man-of-the-match performance. Though the bonus point was now in the bag, the home side couldn't afford to relax with a lead of only 22 - 15, and they set about making the game safe by monopolising possession. On 68 minutes, the pressure finally told, and powerful second rower, Nathan Welsh, crashed in from a quickly taken tap-penalty to increase the lead, with Blakeney-Edwards' conversion taking it out to 14 points at 29 - 15. This should have been enough, but a misplaced pass on 76 minutes gifted Blaydon's right winger a run-in, and suddenly alarm bells were ringing at 29 - 22. To the home side's credit, they closed out the remaining few plays without further alarm, and were good value for their victory.
This was a very good game played in the best of spirits, and although the home side deserved their win, no one at DMP could possibly begrudge Blaydon the two league points their efforts earned.

Jordon Poole

Player of the Match

Jordon Poole

Key moments

5:00
Try Dave Turner scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
32:00
Try Chris Dodd scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
35:00
Try Dave Turner scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
36:00
Conversion Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
53:00
Try Jordon Poole scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
68:00
Try Nathan Welsh scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
69:00
Conversion Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Jordon Poole is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
69:00 Conversion 29 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
68:00 Try 27 - 0
Nathan Welsh scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
53:00 Try 22 - 0
Jordon Poole scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
35:00 Try 15 - 0
Dave Turner scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
32:00 Try 10 - 0
Chris Dodd scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Dave Turner scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
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As it happened

  • Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
  • Blaydon Georgians
  • 0
  • Dave Turner Try 5:00'
  • Chris Dodd Try 32:00'
  • Dave Turner Try 35:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Conversion 36:00'
  • Jordon Poole Try 53:00'
  • Nathan Welsh Try 68:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Conversion 69:00'

Team selection

Allison, John Allison, John
Kay, Danny Kay, Danny
Pawlett, Ben Pawlett, Ben
Parker, Danny Parker, Danny
Murray, Josh Murray, Josh
Blakeney-Edwards, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, Jack
Rose, Adrian Rose, Adrian
Duff, Rory Duff, Rory
Hill, William Hill, William
Dunne, Alex Dunne, Alex
Burke, Callum Burke, Callum
Welsh, Nathan Welsh, Nathan
Turner, Dave Turner, Dave
Poole, Jordon Poole, Jordon
Dodd, Chris Dodd, Chris

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