Rockcliff run in ten tries against Prudhoe & Stocksfield

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Slow starters Whitley Bay Rockcliff ran in ten tries against a plucky Prudhoe and Stocksfield to remain top of the league after four games.

On a beautiful autumnal day on the banks of the Tyne, Rockcliff coach Jack Lambert was again forced to change his side due to injuries, starting his front three with Charlie Murrey, Andrew Moore, and veteran Neil Mather; Stu Thomson and Leon Smart, Mick Knott, Chris Keen, and Neil Thornton completed the pack.

Bryan Stewart and Andrew Webster were the half backs at nine and ten, feeding the pace and youth of Steven Scott, Jonny Earnshaw, Andrew Telford, and Jordan Anderson, and new signing Kai Downey-Stevenson at inside centre.

On a hot day all the subs played a part so Thomas Dawson, Alex Meadows and Partis all got game time.

Rockcliff started slowly and the home team used the hill to best advantage, punishing Rockcliff for a number of infringements and taking a 9-0 lead after 29 minutes.

The large Rockcliff following were frustrated by this contumacious Prudhoe and Stocksfield start and the home side continued to frustrate the league leaders.

Something was needed so up stepped skipper Andrew Webster to galvanise his side with a superb performance of stand off play to pull his team round and get them on the front foot.

It then all clicked and against a tiring team Rockcliff ran in ten tries, some of them absolute works of art, which had the crowd purring at their beauty.

New signing Downey-Stevenson ran in two, skipper Webster two, flying winger and try machine Steven Scott two, Alex Meadows got one for the forwards, and there was one each for Jonny Earnshaw, Andrew Telford, and Jordan Anderson, who ran the length of the pitch to complete the scoring.

It was a hot day for rugby, but this did not stop Chris Keane from putting in his best performance in a Rockcliff shirt

The Red and Golds did what was asked after a slow start, beating what was put in front of them and scoring ten tries with a bonus point secured for the fourth successive game.

Rockcliff have some big games coming up in October and confidence is high, but Jack Lambert and his staff need to get the team ready from minute one when Rockcliff travel, and the team needs to get focused, otherwise they will make it hard for themselves. In fairness Lambert has got his young charges playing great rugby, and the large crowd on the Tyne banks enjoyed the spectacle.

Andrew Webster was deservedly voted MVP by the Prudhoe team.

Next week Rockcliff are at home to Redcar and look to continue their good start to the season.

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