Rockcliff cross the whitewash seven times

Rockcliff saw off Seaton Carew and a fierce wind on Saturday.

Kicking up the slight incline into the teeth of a raging wind, Rock started well and after a series of breaks from Liam Bowman then Drew Hayton, Andrew Telford raced away to score in the corner.

The elements made rugby for the teams difficult, but both tried to play an expansive game.

Rock then scored a pushover try against a Seaton Carew side that in recent history has had a powerful pack.

Bowman excelled at this stage for the red and golds, disrupting all Seaton’s fine work and generally being a pest, so they would have been happy to see him leave the field with an injury after 33 minutes.

The state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard was not troubled again in that half and as the referee blew it was 10-0 in favour of Rockcliff.

After the break the visitors reduced the deficit, scoring a well worked try.

Rockcliff then lost forward Niall Stokes to injury and he was replaced by the return of Bowman to the field, who was once again a thorn in the Seaton side.

Stu Thomson broke through the massed defence after a period of real pack pressure for try number three, converted by Simon Ayre, before Ayre himself ran around then through the Seaton defence to convert his own effort for the bonus point.

Back came the visitors with a converted try before Rock introduced coach Jack Lambert, replacing Andrew Webster. Ayre moved to stand-off and Lambert to full-back.

It was then the Dan Bomken show, who against a visibly wilting Carew team crossed the whitewash three times for a well taken hat-trick and a jug of Rockcliff’s finest ale in the clubhouse.

There is no game on Saturday, but it is then a tough away trip to an ever improving Winlaton.