North Shields beat local rivals Rangers to book last four place in Trophy

The Northumberland Junior Challenge Trophy match was a game of two halves where Rockcliff Rangers lead for much of the game but in the end it was North Shields who went through.

Monday, 29th February 2016, 17:53 pm
Updated Monday, 29th February 2016, 18:01 pm
Rockcliff Rangers score a push over try from a maul in their game against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards

Rangers put North Shields under pressure in the early minutes and a powerful driving maul from a penalty lineout put them over the try-line with John Dixon open the scoring.

The home side replied after they were rewarded a penalty kick after a ruck infringement.

North Shields 3rds halt a Rockcliff Rangers attack. Picture by Colin Edwards

Undeterred by a lack of discipline, Rangers continued to take the game to North Shields. A blistering blind-side run from Simon Tindall at No. 10 saw him off-load to winger Angus Gilchrist to score in the corner to make the interval score 10-3 to Rockliff.

Changes in the front row at half-time made a further impact on the game as Thomas Dawson showed his superiority in breaking through several defensive tackles to score a well deserved try for a 15-3 lead.

Sadly Dawson later had to be stretched off with a serious knee injury at around the 55-minute mark.

Momentum then swung North Shields’ way and a few key replacements for them resulted in two converted tries in quick succession as they took their place in the semi-finals.

Sean Malarkey win a lineout for Rockcliff Rangers gainst North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards

Rangers’ man of the match was John Dixon.

Meanwhile Rockcliff sent a weakened squad to West Leeds in the North Division Cup, and despite a valiant effort came away on the wrong side of a 115-0 rout.

Thomas Dawson evading a tackle on his way to scoring a try for Rockcliff Rangers against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards
Rockcliff Rangers full-back Matty Dunbar catching the ball to start a run which led to a try against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards
North Shields 3rds score a try in their win over Rockcliff Rangers. Picture by Colin Edwards
North Shields 3rds halt a Rockcliff Rangers attack. Picture by Colin Edwards
Sean Malarkey win a lineout for Rockcliff Rangers gainst North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards
Thomas Dawson evading a tackle on his way to scoring a try for Rockcliff Rangers against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards
Rockcliff Rangers full-back Matty Dunbar catching the ball to start a run which led to a try against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards
North Shields 3rds score a try in their win over Rockcliff Rangers. Picture by Colin Edwards