Blaydon 14 – Hull Ionians 14

[match id=106]

A depleted Blaydon side only flattered to deceive in the opening exchanges when their relentless pressure on the visitors scrum resulted in two penalty tries and a first half lead of 14-7. Thereafter the boot was on the other foot as Hull began to dominate play, and after drawing level could sense a second win of the season was there for the taking.

With 13 minutes remaining an offside gave them a straightforward penalty opportunity in front of the posts but disappointingly scrum-half Isaac Green who had kicked so well earlier saw his effort drift well wide.

Hull flanker James Tyson was yellow-carded for pulling down a rolling maul in the 10th minute and a penalty try was inevitable when the replay went the same way, and on 33 minutes the referee again had little option but to intervene when a short scrum was twice collapsed with the visitors in retreat.

In between however Hull in a rare visit to the Blaydon 22 had gone close through full-back Chris Reakes and when play was recalled for a penalty, winger Stephen Slingsby took a quick tap to cross under the posts.

The second period was played almost entirely in the Blaydon half and it was no more than the visitors deserved when Sam Wilson chased his own kick ahead to score in the corner and Green levelled matters with the conversion.

Star man: Sam Wilson (Hull)
Attendance: 217
Referee: Andrew Taylorson
HT: 14-7 FT: 14-14


Tries: Penalty Tries 10,33
Conversions: Baggett 10,33

Tries: Slingsby 27, Wilson 55
Conversions: Green 27,55

Reporter: John Brennan