Match day at Hillheads in the National Senior Vase Cup saw West Leeds come through in an entertaining hard fought match against Rockcliff.
The pace of the visitors’ outside centre, right wing and full-back were the difference between two otherwise evenly matched sides.
On a perfect day for rugby, Rockcliff entertained a large support from Leeds and gave a good performance on the pitch against a strong West Leeds team.
The pitch was looking good after hard work from the ground staff who worked tirelessly through the week to ensure that two games could go ahead this weekend.
West Leeds came up with two coach loads of players and supporters, making for a great atmosphere in the ground and later in the clubhouse, providing much entertainment to the large Rockcliff support.
Rockcliff coach Jack Lambert was once again forced into several changes, missing the bulk and guile of many of his senior players, bringing in Simon Cormack, who excelled last week at Pools, Dan Simpson on the flank, and introducing new addition Dan Bomkey on the bench.
Sam Stirling and Josh Donnelly showed their versatility by swapping positions from backs to forwards and Niall Stokes returned to the squad.
West Leeds captain Sam Neave chipped in with two tries, as did substitute winger Jack Marshall. Dick Penny, Tom Jackson and Josh Cassell also crossed the whitewash.
Stand-off Dale Breakwell added two conversions and a penalty, and Keir Breakwell added another conversion to complete their 44 points.
Rockcliff responded with a well taken try from new find Bomkey, who looks like he can step into the 1st XV on a regular basis.
Rockcliff’s veteran winger Simon Tindall put in a great display, tackling tenaciously in defence and was rightly picked as the Rockcliff’s man of the match.
So a disjointed season continues for the Red and Golds. Bishop Auckland visit Hillheads next week, so Rockcliff need to rally for a final push to the end of the season.
Rockcliff RFC Vikings 34
Blyth RFC 17
River Aln League
Rockcliff were out for revenge in this coastal derby after losing by a single point in the same Northumberland RU River Aln league fixture earlier in the season.
The Vikings pack dominated their larger Blyth opponents from start to finish allowing the back line to work their magic out wide in an impressive display from the men from Hillheads.
The Vikings tries came from Rob Straker (2), Alex Meadows, Gary Lewis and a Kieran Lydall solo effort from 95 metres.
Christopher Forster added nine points with the boot.
Blyth’s scores came from Lee Gallon, Mo Moffat, and Craig Moore, with a single conversion by Nick Thomas.