Much-needed victory for Rockcliff
Whitley Bay Rockcliff 44Gateshead 34Rockcliff welcomed Gateshead to Hillheads for this Durham and Northumberland Division One fixture with both teams lying in the lower half of the table.
A free flowing game ensued with Rockcliff fighting back from 21-6 down after 30 minutes to turn the game round and win five vital points.
The home side’s early points came from two Rhys Johnstone penalties.
Stephen Pentland then went over for a converted try and a Johnstone penalty made it 16-24 at the break.
Dan Willcox went over for two tries in the second half and Dan Sullivan also touched down, with Gateshead also scoring twice for 37-34. Willcox then popped up with a late try, converted for 44-34.