Shields earn bonus point with heavy win over Whitby

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NORTH Shields played their penultimate league game at home against Whitby and produced a bonus point win.

They were quickly on the scoreboard with a penalty from fly-half Gavin Duffy.

They increased their lead a few minutes later when back row forward Fen Taylor went over for a try and the conversion was made.

Whitby tried kicking for the corners to try and gain good attacking positions but the North Shields three-quarters dealt with the kicks with calm efficiency often pushing Whitby back towards their own try line.

On one such occasion a maul developed and the North Shields pack drove in to push the maul over the Whitby line for Benjy Dalton to peel off with the ball and score a try.

The conversion kick was successful from Gavin Duffy.

A break by North Shields from inside their own 22 resulted in a five-metre scrum on the Whitby line.

North Shields duly destroyed the Whitby scrum and scored an unconverted try.

Just before half-time Barry Elliot crashed over for a try which was converted by Jack Jeffrey to make the score at the break 29-0 to North Shields.

The Whitby half-time team talk produced results and the second half was more evenly contested.

So much so that it was 20 minutes into the half before North Shields scored again, and it was prop Harry Watson who showed the way.

With skills usually associated with ‘nifty wingers’, he dummied and side-stepped his way past two defenders to score an unconverted try.

The scoring was completed by Ryan Ramsay finishing off a good drive by the North Shields pack with an unconverted try.

On Saturday North Shields finish their league programme with a game at Barnard Castle.