Three wins from four see Rockcliff climb

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ROCKCLIFF made it three wins from four games as their recent spell of good form continued with a deserved victory over Seaton Carew at a muddy Lovaine Avenue.

The Red and Golds were first on the scoresheet when good work from the pack led to a two phase drive which forced the Seaton Carew defence to retreat, sucking in their backs to create an opening for Richard Berne to score in the corner.

Andrew Webster coolly slotted over the conversion to make it 7-0.

But Seaton Carew battled back and equalised with a converted try of their own.

But Rockcliff would not be denied and more good work by the pack saw Alex Meadows take good ball at a lineout inside the visitors two-metre zone and the resultant drive was backed up by the irrepresant Karl Briggs and he touched down for 12-7.

In the second half Rockcliff, with the slope in their favour, had the upper hand.

They defended well when needed but their decision making meant that their advantage was not reflected in points.

As their momentum built up Rockcliff had three successive push over tries disallowed, but eventually their efforts were rewarded when a final drive for the line was backed up by scrum-half Daniel Simpson, who touched down for the score.

Overall this was a good performance and the pack, with man of the match Duncan Jordan in good form, led the charge.

The result was a fitting send off for assistant coach Simon Lowe in his last game at the club before leaving the area to work in Leeds.

ALNWICK RFC 3rds 45

ROCKCLIFF VIKINGS 10

THE Vikings left with a full squad and substitutes for the trip to Alnwick but came away with only their pride intact after a well drilled home side ran away with the game to win 45-10.

Jack Lambert scored and early try for Rockcliff, and Richard Jamie Humble notched the second but it was not enough to stem the tide, although Rockcliff stuck to their task and second row Simon Cormack was in the thick of the action.

TYNEDALE RFC VETERANS 50

ROCKCLIFF 3rds 15

THE Rangers left Hillheads for the County Cup match with only seven players, but Tynedale were generous enough to support Rockcliff to ensure the game could go ahead.

Two of Rockcliff’s three tries were scored by Tynedale men, but Sean Edney marked his fourth appearance for Rockcliff with his first try for the club.