Three games in a seven-day spell took its toll as Whitley Bay Barbarians went down 38-34 to a strong North Yorkshire Wildcats.
Mark Watson opened the scoring for the visitors, grounding after a strong run. Gavin Duffy’s conversion made it 6-0.
The home side hit back with a try before Jonny Dubois scored in the corner to make it 10-4.
But the Wildcats finished the first half strongly with three tries to give them an 18-10 interval advantage.
After the home side added a further score, Watson added his second of the game for the Blue and Whites soon followed by James Grant, back from injury, scoring in the corner to make it 22-18.
Wildcats added two more to take the game to 32-18 before tries from Mark Hall and Ben Dalton plus a Duffy conversion pulled Barbarians to within four points.
Both teams added another converted try each, firstly the home side then Dalton scoring his second soon after with Duffy kicking the extra two points to make the final score 38-34 to the Wildcats.
There were some questionable decisions which on another day could have brought a different result, but the Babas on the day did not do enough to win the game and full credit went to the North Yorkshire Wildcats.
Next up sees Gateshead Storm A visit Whitley on Saturday, June 27, with the match being a double header league/cup semi-final game.