Whitley Bay Barbarians into North East Cup semi-finals

Whitley Bay Barbarians booked their place in the North East Cup semi-finals following a 46-22 win at division one high-flyers Durham Demons.

The Blue and Whites travelled with a strong squad of 20, including a rugby league debut for Ben Marshall.

The game started off at high pace with defences on top early on.

Eventually the Babas got themselves on the score sheet after some good work down the right which was finished off by Jeff Burke for score his first try of the season.

This was soon followed up by a trademark Ian Hardisty run fending off several Demons before crashing over to make it 8-0 to the visitors.

Mark Hall soon added to the away side’s points after powering over from close range, with Gavin Duffy adding the conversion to make it 14-0.

Ben Dalton was next to grab a try, stepping in and out of the defence to score, before Duffy got Whitley’s fifth after chasing his own grubber kick to score under the posts and then added the extras to take it to 24-0.

Dalton’s second try of the game after grounding the ball in the corner after a Gary Redshaw kick through made the interval score 28-0.

Whitley started the second half complacent and the home side took advantage by getting themselves back into the game, scoring three tries unanswered with two being converted to take the score to 24-16.

Captain Jonny Dubois’ response was to break the line to score under the posts after some good work by the Blue and Whites to keep the ball alive late into the tackle count, Duffy kicked the two points.

Duffy increased the advantage to 38-16 by grounding his own grubber kick through.

Demons got another try shortly after, but the rest of the scoring was done by Whitley with Anthony Jordan helping himself to a try before Dubois wrapped up the scoring with the last play of the game for a 46-22 victory

The game from a Babas perspective can be classed as a game of two halves.

First half the visitors dominated, keeping their opponents scoreless whilst running in six tries.

The second could be seen as complacent as Durham Demons upped their game and the Babas had too many handling errors.

Overall the team can be happy with the performance, putting one over another division one team away in the cup.

Every player worked their socks off with stand out performances coming from Dubois and debutant Marshall, however, Dalton was named man of the match.

The Babas are next in action on Saturday, June 6, in the league with an away trip to Durham Tigers.