Playing good, flowing rugby, Blaydon were much the better side for most of the first half with superiority in both backs and forwards. The first try came in the 13th minute when Blaydon were awarded a penalty which they kicked into touch on the visitors 5 m line. The ball was won and was worked between backs and forwards until hooker Chaplin went over near the posts and the conversion was successful.
Blaydon were now attacking Sheffield’s line continually and in the 20th minute Ethan Clark scored Blaydon’s second try from an attack once again set up from a penalty kick into touch on Sheffield’s 5 m line, the conversion again being successful; and it only took a further 5 minutes before Liam Wright crashed over for Blaydon’s third converted try.
Against the run of play, and in the last minute of the first half, Sheffield’s backs made a break from within their own half and scored under the posts to set up an easy conversion. HT 21-7.
The second half was a much more even contest; with Sheffield upping their attacking game and within minutes of the restart they again scored from within their own half after an intercepted pass was followed by a long run in to give another easy conversion from in front of the sticks.
As player replacements and unfortunate injuries slowed the pace of the game down and just as the second half entered the 47th minute, Sheffield lost the ball in a tackle near to their try line which prop forward Phil Brantingham seized upon to crash over for the 4th try and a bonus point win
Full Time: Blaydon 26 v Sheffield Tigers 14
Blaydon: Bailey, Ashman, Cooney, Clark, Appleton, Marshall (C), Clarkson, Fearn, Chaplin, Brantingham, Wright, Phillips, Cooper, Harrison, Clarke.
Replacements: Winter, Dodds, Richardson, Mongan, Charlton
Sheffield Tigers: Parkin, Down, Broadley, Wager, Swire, Ireland, Floyd, Meek, Townsend, Bennett, Fitzsimons, Calladine, Scott,Hughes, Monks
Replacements: Cone, McLaughlin, Howieson, Lau, Goatley
REFEREE: Llyr Apgeraint Roberts
STAR MAN: Austin Phillips – Blaydon
Tries: Chaplin 11, Clarke 22, Wright 28, Brantingham 79
Conversions: Clarkson 12, 23, 29
Tries: Broadley 39, 48
Conversions: Ireland 40, 49