Rockcliff grind out an excellent victory

Rockcliffe Rugby Club under 11s played in the Falcons Festival held at the home of the Newcastle Falcons. The boys played very well and only just failed to reach the final stage of the tournament.

Rockcliffe Rugby Club under 11s played in the Falcons Festival held at the home of the Newcastle Falcons. The boys played very well and only just failed to reach the final stage of the tournament.

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ROCKCLIFF overcame the high temperatures to grind out a 13-10 win at Seaton Carew.

Drew Hayton was welcomed back into the scrum and Dan Timerly kept his place after a great performance against Hartlepool.

The Seaton pack started strongly and drove the red and gold forwards back repeatedly in the first phases of the match, but resilient defence kept them at bay and they could not convert the advantage.

At half-time the score was 5-0 to Seaton Carew, but with the wind behind them and the sun setting, the quicker Rockcliff back line of Andrew Webster, Rikki Hasnip, Josh Donnelly, Richard Berne, Steven Scott and Bryan Stewart started to control the game.

A gap was created for Stewart to break a number of tackles to touch down under the posts, which Webster converted.

At this stage the Rock forwards had come right back into the game and were not only holding their own but starting to dominate the pack, causing frustration in the Carew pack which resulted in the binning of the Carew hooker after an incident with Drew Hayton, who showed great restraint in not responding.

As the game went into the final quarter the home team upped the tempo and eventually made way into the Rock 22, and after a number of phases their pressure paid off when their centre broke through to score a try to equalise, but fortunately for Rockcliff they missed the conversion.

Back came Rockcliff and with time running out pressure in the Seaton half caused a penalty which Webster clinically dispatched to make it 10-13.

Mark Wickett came on for the injured Paul Ellwood and capped a first team debut by getting sin binned for a tackle deemed dangerous by the referee.

The Rock team responded well and saw the game out to win the points.

On Saturday Rockcliff are away to Consett.

NOVOCASTRIANS 2nds 12 WHITLEY BAY ROCKCLIFF 2nds 19

THE Vikings clinched a good win against Novos, with Aiden McKeown making it four tries in two games.

Jonny Birkett opened the scoring for Rockcliff with a try close to the right touchline, which Rhys Johnstone converted.

McKeown then skipped in and out of the Novos defence from half way to score under the posts, again Johnstone converting.

Man of the match Andrew Telford then scored in the corner.

WHITLEY BAY ROCKCLIFF 3nds 5 WASHINGTON 35

THE Rangers were 17-0 down after five minutes as the visitors got off to a blistering start, but then the game settled and Rockcliff gradually got back into the game.

John Dixon powered over from close range following a catch and drive move from a lineout, but that was to be the Rangers only score

Stephen Mason was man of the match for the second game in a row and Dave Swinburne made a welcome return in the second row.

With 20 players available, Rangers have the potential to develop into a decent side once the squad settles down.