Rockcliff run in five tries to beat Gosforth in Senior Plate

Rockcliff got their season off to a good start with an away win at Gosforth in the Northumberland Senior Plate quarter final.

Monday, 29th August 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Monday, 29th August 2016, 5:01 pm

The Red and Golds started strongly with their pack dominating the early exchanges.

Constant forward pressure led to scrum-half Dan Simpson diving over to score from a break down on Gosforth’s try line. Andrew Webster added the conversion.

Gosforth then slotted home a penalty to make it 7-3 to Rockcliff at the break.

In the second half Rockcliff pulled clear with some great open rugby. Tom Reid finished off a great move with a score in the corner converted by Webster.

Dan O’Sullivan was next on the score sheet, putting the finishing touches to a five-phase move, again converted by Webster.

Centre O’Sullivan was in the thick of the action, setting up the next try with a nice off-load to Chris McCabe who stormed through for Rockcliff’s fourth try of the game. Once again Webster added the extras and Rockcliff were clear at 28-3.

A final unconverted try by O’Sullivan took the score to 33-3 before two late converted scores by Gosforth saw the game close out at 33-17.

Harry Ramage was man of the match, but this was a good all round performance by Rockcliff against a team who play one league higher.

An obviously delighted club captain Liam Bowman said: “I’m delighted, and obviously so. This win sets us up nicely for next week’s opening league fixture at home to Darlington.”