Sat 16th February, Blaydon Development 31, Ryton 2s 20
• Trys: Ollie, Jon Curry 2, Fraser, Jake
• Conv: Cameron 2, Mark M.
Photos, sorry not many as we had no pitch side photographer (jobspot open) few below, rest online: www.flickr.com/photos/26086313@N08/albums/with/72157706895656514
With a good mix of youth and Vets, Blaydon were just too strong for a very young Ryton side. Thanks to our Vets who turned out, they will know they were in a game this morning: Damo, Brett, Jon Curry, Wardy & Ryan.
Damien A-B stepped up as captain, led the pre-game, galvanised them into a team, which became more evident as the game developed, the whole squad improved. Only blot on his day was a yellow card…
Highs & Lows:
• Forwards were immense in the loose, taking ball on and battering through Ryton defence
• Paddy provided great ball from the line out
• Scrum took a little time to settle, but came out on top
• Fraser, Mark M and Craig Y were a real handful, making big yards, Ryton just couldn’t control them
• Ollie and Paddy were everywhere, both in attack and defence
• Cameron got 2 kicks…..
• Wardy was back to tricks with reverse passes
• Great to see Rob Pyle back, he still hits as hard in the tackle
• Ryan snuffed out Ryton’s kick/chase at Fullback and as always was great in defence
• I kept cringing for Ryton every time Jon Curry ran at them…. He bagged 2 trys and with a few more games under his belt he will score more.
• Someone caught me with my own camera, two handed drinking, well it had been a stressful week… and I knew the Bricks were 12:0 down at halftime.
Even with the introduction of 3 Fijians in the 2nd half, (delayed on their journey from Catterick Army Base) Blaydon forwards still outmuscled them and our backs knocked Ryton down.
Semi-final will be 2nd March away at Consett 3s www.durhamrugby.com/competitions/county-cups/3rd-team-cup
1 Damien Martinez
2 Oliver Williams
3 Brett Hanratty (Jake Jobey)
4 Will Daniels
5 Jon Curry
6 Rob Pyle
7 Cameron Richardson
8 Paddy Cooper
9 Mark Ward
10 Fraser Wright (Darren Cook)
11 Craig Youngmn
12 Mark MacCallan
13 Damien Ameer-Beg (Capt)
14 Craig Oliver
15 Ryan Robson