Blaydon 51 – Tynedale 7

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The records show that derby games between these local rivals are generally close affairs but yesterdays clash at Crow Trees was most definitely not as Blaydon romped to the most emphatic of victories.

Tynedale did have their moment of glory, 45 seconds to be precise, when their kick-off ball was shipped back to Andrew Baggett who dropped it under pressure allowing Chris Harris to nip in and score. Gavin Beasley added the conversion and the home crowd must have wondered what else would befall them.

Nothing was the answer. Blaydon simply took control and went on to run in 7 tries of their own, dominating in the set-pieces and pouncing whenever Tynedale coughed up possession or fell off in the tackle.

Director of rugby Micky Ward declared himself to be well satisfied, saying afterwards “We owed them one from the start of the season when they beat us by 1 point” adding “We needed to get back on track after losing at Fylde last week, we did a little bit of everything, we drove a couple of line-outs and the backs got their hands on the ball and caused some havoc”.

Lively flanker Ben Morris got the ball rolling when he burst through a line-out to storm over in the corner and by the half hour Chris Wearmouth had crossed from a tap penalty move and Tom Banks went in following good work by Tom Jeffery.

In the dying seconds of the first period full-back Zach Kibirige stood off a scrum on the visitors 22 and when released casually brushed aside 2 half-hearted challenges to run in the bonus try. Five minutes after the break he was in again, after another fine Jeffery run had been squandered, and the score had advanced to 37-7.

Tynedale thereafter had a better share of the possession for a while but never seriously looked like breaking through and it was left to Blaydon to show them how.

Baggett, redeeming himself for the early error, ran in try No6 to add to his 2 penalties and 5 conversions, and Tom Penney brought proceedings to a close with a score in the corner after Simon Barber had ran the length of the field.

John Brennan