Tony Saywell made sure Rockcliff RFC Under-13s made light of several key absentees as they demolished their Morpeth counterparts 34-5.
The Churchill Community College student produced arguably his best performance in a Rockcliff shirt as he rose to the challenge of making sure his team coped with the loss of first-choice players due to illness and injury.
Saywell, playing at centre, was in outstanding form as the weakened Rockcliff side dominated proceedings after withstanding an early onslaught from the hosts as they kicked downhill.
As well as being rock-solid in defence, as demonstrated by some bone-crunching tackles, Saywell, who also plays for the Wallsend Eagles rugby league side, scored two fine individual tries thanks to powerful runs from deep as Rockcliff romped to victory.
Rapidly improving wing Roger Hood took a leaf out of Saywell’s book by scoring a brace of fine tries while Dan Keville and scrum-half Elliott Thompson also touched down as Rockcliff sealed a comfortable win that saw Will Forster add two conversions.
The Rockcliff team, featuring a couple of rookie players in their ranks, kept their opponents at bay until the dying moments of the contest when Morpeth scored a consolation try.
Rockcliff will face a sterner test when they face Durham and county champions Northern over the next fortnight.
Head coach Simon Forster is always on the look-out for new players and for further details contact him on 07908 662392.