Barbarians win Rockcliff RFC Super 10s tournament

Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC rounded off the season with their Super 10s tournament.

This was the 12th time the club has held the end of season ten-a side-rugby competition for touring and local sides.

Sixteen sides took part: Grosvenor from Belfast, Trinity Academicals from Edinburgh, Paisley, Ilkeston, two sides from Wigton, Ashington, Gosforth, Novocastrians, West End Academicals, Northern, Seghill, Cullercoats, two sides from Rockcliff and a Barbarians team.

After the first round the winners progressed to the cup competition, and the losers to the plate event.

The plate final was contested by Gosforth and Trinity Academicals.

After losing 20-10 to Novos in the first round, Gosforth had reached the final following victories over Grosvenor (35-22) and Wigton B (17-5).

In the final they racked up a 17-0 lead by half-time, with tries from Andrew Smiles, Peter Hall and Matty Gaynor, with a conversion from Gaynor.

Despite a lot of pressure from Trinity in the second half, there were no further scores and Gosforth won 17-0.

The cup final saw Novos face the Barbarians side.

The Babas were originally made up of a number of Novos players with a smattering from other teams, but it ended up with mostly Ilkeston players in the final.

Novos had reached the final after beating Gosforth in the first round, and then Cullercoats (12-10), and Rockcliff A (5-0).

The Barbarians beat Wigton A (12-10), West End (17-14) and Rockcliff A (15-5) on their way to the final.

In the final the Barbarians opened up a 15-0 lead with tries from Jake Lamb, Tom Potts, both from Ilkeston ,and Finlay Brown, one of the referees on the day.

Mike Cousins pulled a try back for Novos, but then Ilkeston’s Tyler Ramoo and Liam Smithurst increased the Bararians lead to 25-5.

Scott Elliot scored the last points of the game for Novos and the game ended with the Barbarians 25-10 up.

The cup was awarded to Novos, and Ilkeston were awarded the Spirt of the Tournament trophy.

Thanks went to organiser Dave Hill and the referees who supported the day – Ian Hardcastle, Graham Crozier, Mark Astle, and Finlay Brown, and Dr Rab Weir from Grosvenor.