Rockcliff run in 11 unanswered tries

Whitley Bay Rockcliff v Seaton Carew, Durham/Northumberland Div 2, Whitley Bay, 11 March 2017

Whitley Bay Rockcliff v Seaton Carew, Durham/Northumberland Div 2, Whitley Bay, 11 March 2017

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Rockcliff ran in 11 tries in a one-sided Durham Northumberland Division 2 game against bottom side Seaton Carew.

The Red and Golds stay in third place but have closed the gap with second placed Ponteland to three points after they lost at home to Whitby.

Tries came from Chris Waddell, Stu Thompson, Kai Downey, Harry Ramage, Alex Hayton, and two apiece from Dan O’Sullivan, Ryan Yellop and Charlie Muzzlewhite.

Andrew Webster slotted home six conversions for a 12- point haul.

Rockcliff are in league action again next week at Winlaton.

Meanwhile the Vikings beat Morpeth Stags 29-27 to go through to the Northumberland Junior Shield final, ensuring that all three senior sides at Rockcliff will be playing in County finals, joining the first team in the Senior Plate and Rangers in the Junior Challenge Plate finals.

In a tight opening half, the Vikings scored first with Simon Cormack, striding the field like a colossus, selflessly setting up Matt Dunbar to cross for 5-0.

Morpeth answered with three well worked tries and looked to be in control, but as the first half closed, Bryan Stewart set up Thomas Dent to score a try which brought Rockcliff right back into it.

This lifted the Vikings, and in opening phase of the second half, from a series of scrums on the Morpeth line, the impressive Rockcliff pack forced a penalty try.

Then tries from Thomas Dawson and Kieran Lyall edged the Vikings in front, and with two Chris Forster conversions the score was 29-20.

The Stags mounted a late rally and scored a converted try which brought them back into contention with ten minutes to go, but excellent defensive work held them out after that and the Vikings advanced to the final.