CONSETT 14 SCARBOROUGH 31 Full report by DAVE CAMPBELL

27 Nov

 

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RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH EAST ONE

CONSETT 14 SCARBOROUGH 31

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from an early reverse at Consett to run in five thrilling tries and grab top spot in North One East with a 31-14 victory.

Scarborough pressed early in the game and had the home defence on the back foot during the opening exchanges. However they weathered the early storm and a massive clearance from defence from a penalty, won them a lineout on the Scarborough five metre line. A clean catch saw second row Dale Raine driven over in the 6th minute. Fullback Nick Cook added the extras for a 7-0 lead

The play ebbed and flowed in the opening quarter and it took the Seasiders a while to settle; however following a period camped on the home line, scrum-half Jordan Wakeham moved the ball in-field to fly-half Tom Ratcliffe who juggled the ball with both hands before a flicked pass to Aaron Wilson saw the big stand-in centre power over in the 20th minute. Radcliffe converted to level the scores at 7-7.

The Seasiders continued to press and following a quick tap penalty by Wakeham from a ruck on the Consett line, the ball was whipped wide right for wing Jonty Holloway to scamper over in the corner for 12-7 on the half-hour.

It was by no means one-way traffic but the visiting pack were pressurising the home ball carriers all over the paddock and following good work by centre Aaron Wilson, Kiwi second row Cade Robinson made a powerful break and released fullback Jimmy Perrett who raced to the line and scored between the uprights in the 38th minute. Ratcliffe converted for a 19-7 half-time lead.

Honours were even during the opening period of the second half but the visitors always look the likelier side to score and when Tom Hicks pounced on a loose ball following a ruck on half-way, he powered down the left touchline to score in the corner in the 51st minute for a 24-7 Scarborough lead.

Hicks’s try was a precursor to a period of pressure from Consett who looked to attack the Scarborough wide defence but had little joy against a hard-tackling back three. 

The Seasiders showed steel and concentration during a period of pressure where Consett fullback Nick Cook was sin-binned in the 57th minute for taking Scarborough’s Perrett out in mid-air following a towering up-and-under from home fly-half Dougie Patterson

Crunching tackles from makeshift centres Matty Young and Aaron Wilson and the Scarborough pack’s back five rocked the rampaging Geordies back on their heels and a Howitzer clearance from Tom Ratcliffe lifted the siege.

As the game progressed work from scrum-half Wakeham and his half-back partner Ratcliffe kept their line moving and the Seasiders always appeared to have another gear if required. And from the rear of an attacking lineout, a delayed pass by Wakeham in midfield released flanker Drew Govier to side-step fullback Nick Cook, returned to action from the sin-bin, and glide in between the uprights in the 72nd minute; Ratcliffe added the extras for 31-7.

To their credit Consett continued to press and having capitalized on a Scarborough mid-field fumble, the ball was taken on and Raine crossed for a consolation try in the 79th minute; Cook converted.

There are no easy games in North One East and this feisty encounter was proof of that; Matty Jones’s men played with controlled aggression, invention and no little skill and were full value for their bonus-point win.

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: CADE ROBINSON 

There were outstanding performances all over the paddock, from quick thinking scrum-half Jordi Wakeham and bustling Aaron Wilson to dynamic second row Tom Hicks. However with an all-action performance at the set-piece, defence and in the loose Kiwi lock Cade Robinson took the man of the match award.  

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT JONTY HOLLOWAY WILSON YOUNG SMITH RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM JONES DAWSON CORE ROBINSON HICKS E. GOVIER D. GOVIER MARTIN

REPLACEMENTS: CUTINO JORDAN HOLLOWAY ANDERSON (all used)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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