Cullercoats victorious in Rockcliff Super 10s

Cullercoats and Rockcliff Vikings after the cup final, picture courtesy of Duncan Jordan.
Cullercoats and Rockcliff Vikings after the cup final, picture courtesy of Duncan Jordan.

The 11th Rockcliff Super 10s brought together 12 touring and local sides for an action packed afternoon of rugby at Hillheads.

The first round saw the sides split into four groups of three, with the winners of each progressing into the cup semi-finals, the runners-up going into the plate semis, and the third placed teams progressing into the semi-final of the mug.

After the first round, Prudhoe and Stocksfield, DTUS Trojans, Novocastrians and Rockcliff Rangers progressed into the mug competition where DTUS Trojans and Rockcliff Rangers squared off in the first semi, and Novos and Prudhoe and Stocksfield in the second.

DTUS won their game 22-14, and Novos won their match 45-5.

In a free running final, Novos prevailed 41-24, with one try apiece from Johnny Wild, Paul Olding, Rob Strange, Christian Selkirk and Darren McCrory. Steve Neil pitched in with two tries and there were three conversions. For the Trojans there were six tries, two apiece from Tom Foster, Joe Cripps and Tom Hughes.

The plate semi-finals saw Harrogate 2nds play West End, and Fleetwood play Harrogate 1sts, and it was an all Harrogate final as the seconds went through 40-0, and the firsts 45-14.

In the cup semi-final, Rockcliff Vikings beat Queensferry 38-10, and Cullercoats defeated Duns 24-14, setting up a coastal final.

Rockcliff started strongly with the wind at their backs and after two minutes Rikki Hasnip put Dan Simpson in for the opening try of the game, converted by Andrew Webster for 7-0.

Rockcliff kept up the pressure and three minutes later Sam Stirling scampered through from just inside the halfway line to score, again converted by Webster for 14-0.

Just before the break Cullercoats pulled themselves back into contention when Ali Blair broke away down the right wing to score, and the sides changed ends at 14-5.

In the second half Cullercoats built on the momentum and Johnny Dubois took advantage of some scrappy defence to pick up and drive in from close range for 14-10.

With their tails up Cullercoats sealed the win when Ryan Brooke ran the ball in down the left wing to score the winning try in the corner. Final score 15-14 to Cullercoats.