Shields see off Corinthinans for place in last eight of Vase

NORTH Shields progressed to the quarter-finals of the RFU Junior Vase competition with a hard fought victory over Leeds Corinthians.

North Shields started the game well and scored their first try after only five minutes when back row Mark Cryer finished off a sustained attack on the Leeds line by diving over.

Daniel Persson converted the score.

Then North Shields captain Barry Elliot, supporting a forward drive, barged over for a try in the corner.

This time the conversion attempt was missed, but North Shields were still 12 points up with only ten minutes gone and the signs were pointing to a comprehensive victory.

Unfortunately no one told Leeds Corinthians and they re-grouped to give North Shields a hard game in which both sides had to fight for possession and territory.

This led to neither side troubling the score board again in the first half.

The Leeds half-time team talk certainly spurred on the Leeds pack and they played with renewed vigour, pressing forward at every opportunity.

This resulted in a strong forward drive being rewarded with an unconverted try.

However, this score galvanised the North Shields team and both sides battled to try and gain the upper hand.

With scoring opportunities a rare occurrence, when Leeds backs were caught straying offside at a lineout North Shields were awarded a penalty which they elected to take a kick at goal.

The kick was good, which meant Leeds now needed more than a converted try to get a result.

Although Leeds threw everything at North Shields the home defence stayed firm and they held out for a fine victory.