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

Rockcliff Rangers score a push over try from a maul in their game against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards
Rockcliff Rangers score a push over try from a maul in their game against North Shields 3rds. Picture by Colin Edwards

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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 score a try in their win over Rockcliff Rangers. Picture by Colin Edwards