IN A must win game against lowly Winlaton, a young Rockcliff side won emphatically and claimed a bonus point along the way.
A much changed team, due to the half term holidays and injuries, took to the field with coach Tommy Rendles stepping up as hooker, Geoff Bowman and Duncan Jordan propping, Jonny Birkett at lock, and Simon Tindall on the wing.
The game was barely three minutes old when Andrew Webster had the first chance of points, from a penalty, which he duly converted.
At that stage there was no indication of the try fest that was to follow, as the Winlaton forwards were dominating the scrum, and the Rock lineout was having a problem finding it players.
Winlaton missed an opportunity to equalise but as Rockcliff grew into the game the first try then followed from Liam Bowman, who powered over the line on 18 minutes.
Winlaton had a second penalty opportunity, again missed, before Paul Ellwood settled the Red and Golds’ nerves with a second try.
Just before the break Bryan Stewart sniped through a kick and chase and the ball sat up perfectly for him to beat the last defender and coast through to score, Donnelly converting.
Early in the second half Dan Timney scored Rockcliff’s fourth try, before former Driffield star Tindall took the score to 30-0 with 55 minutes gone.
Donnelly capped a good all round performance with the final try of the day.
Next week is another must win match against Yarm, so the bonus points garnered will go a long way to ease the problem caused by a points deduction from an administration error.
BLYTH RFC 3rds 39
WB ROCKCLIFF RANGERS 21
THE Rangers travelled to Meggies Burn for this Northumberland League 3c game, and despite scoring three converted tries still came away without a win.
Tony Birkett, Charlie Newman and Tony O’Hearn scored for Rockcliff, with Rob Burns adding three conversions
n Rockcliff’s juniors have been in action lately, with the under-16s just losing out 12-7 to Sunderland, and the under-17s losing 46-29 at Horden.
The under-17s could count themselves unlucky as they scored five tries in the defeat.