Rockcliff run in eight tries

Gateshead 14Whitley Bay Rockcliff 48Rockcliff crossed the Tyne to play Gateshead, and despite it being a blustery, dank day, the Red and Golds registered a good win, scoring eight tries.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 1:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 2:40 pm
Action from Gateshead v Rockcliff. Picture by Colin Edwards.

Gateshead started well, with a solid scrum and some pace behind the pack indicating that this was not a team that was going to lie down, and it was no surprise that they crossed the whitewash first to score a converted try after 9 minutes. It took Rockcliff some time to get back control but eventually Jamie Fenwick, given a gap , burst through to register Rockcliff's first points.

With the visitors pack starting to get on top, and after a period of forward pressure, Kai Downey smashed over, well supported by his pack, to put Rockcliff in front, converted by Rhys Johnstone for 12-7. Another period of pressure saw Jude Noble, a mobile prop indeed, extend the score to 17 7, which is where it remained at halftime.

At half time Rockcliff made changes and it paid off immediately with Liam Bowman coming on to crash through for the first score of the half. The Red and Golds were dominating the game and their backs made great use of the space provided by the opposition and the yellow cards that they were accumulating.

Captain Dan Leach broke the home defensive line twice in identical fashion, to extend Rockcliff's lead, and Fenwick capped another good performance, scoring his second of the match.

Gateshead responded with a late converted try, before Dan O'Sullivan put the game to bed with Rockcliff's eigth try, Hansen’s conversion being the last kick of the match.