Rockcliff victorious in must win game

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A MUST win match for the Red and Golds started with a pumped up home side playing down the slope, using their local knowledge to press back the visitors in the opening moments.

The pressure paid off and Prudhoe were awarded a penalty under the posts in the fourth minute which duly sailed over to give them a three-point advantage.

Rockcliff eventually began to settle and their forwards started to get into the game and following a barnstorming run with half the Prudhoe team hanging onto him, captain Andrew Hayton barrelled over for a fine individual try.

This gave Rockcliff the inspiration they needed and they began to take a grip on the game, a game which was becoming an increasingly scrappy affair with Prudhoe playing to their strengths, enjoying a spoiling game.

More Rockcliff pressure in the home half saw Josh Donnelly charge down a kick, the ball went to Neil Thornton who careered up to the try line where the versatile Donnelly was on hand to touch down and then convert to make it 3-12 at half time.

The crowd then expected the speedy Rockcliff backs to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half and use the hill to their advantage, but the game did not go to the Rockcliff script.

A spirited Prudhoe side hit back with a try in the 54th minute to make the Rock nerves jangle.

Coach Tommy Rendles continued to bark orders but the Rockcliff team had taken on multiple deafness.

A scorned penalty was only made better by the fact that half of the Prudhoe pack bounced off Hayton and took some time to recover.

With the hill in their favour the visitors pack then began to dominate and after a succession of scrums Daniel Simpson had the simplest of tasks touching down after a fantastic forward scrum.

Rockcliff then just missed out on a fourth try when Donnelly was unlucky not to have chased down the ball after hacking though into the Prudhoe goal area.

Next week Rockcliff hope to continue their recent run of good form away to Blyth.

WB ROCKCLIFF 3RDS 23 NOVOCASTRIANS 3RDS 20

The Rangers won their first game of the season, scoring four tries in the process, with all the tries coming from young players.

Dan Atkinson notched two, Tom Dawson added a third and Richard Tibbs scored the fourth. Jordan Anderson added a penalty to complete the Rangers scoring.

Rockcliff Mini Rugby

The rain and wind did not put off Rockcliff Mini section as the Under 10s and Under 9s were in action at Newcastle Falcons last Sunday, and they took on Northern, Alnwick and Sunderland in a round robin competition.