Defeat for Rockcliff in first league game
Whitley Bay Rockcliff 14Consett 28Rockcliff opened their Durham and Northumberland Division One season with a game against promotion favourites Consett which, despite the result, augers well for the rest of the campaign.
Consett were the better side in the first half and by the break had raced into a 21-0 lead with tries from Pearson, Paulus and Connor, all converted by Cook.
Rockcliff came out strongly in the second half and two tries from Rhyse Johnstone and Dan Leach, both converted by Johnstone, got them back in contention at 21-14. But Grazier added another score for Consett, converted by Cook to complete their victory.
On Saturday Rockcliff travel to Novos.