Rugby ban follows Bay win

Whitley Bay Rockcliff 37Horden & Peterlee 24Rockcliff made it six wins in nine games since the turn of the year with this result against Horden.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:09 pm
Action from Rockcliffe v Horden & Peterlee. Picture by Colin Edwards.

The Red and Golds got off to a good start when Alex Randall touched down for the first try of the game. With the conversion added, Jamie Fenwick was next to cross the whitewash to open a 12-0 lead.

Horden battled back to level pegging, but just before the break, Michael Hansen slotted home a penalty for 15-12 at half time.

Rockcliff suffered an early set back in the second half as Horden edged in front with their third try of the game, but they then stepped up the gears and were rewarded with a try from Nat Walder, converted by Hansen, to go back in front.

Jamie Fenwick was next to dot down for the Red and Golds, securing the try scoring bonus in the process.

Man of the match Henry Cotton and Dan Rule took the game beyond Horden with a try apiece, but the visitors kept battling and made sure they left with a bonus point when they pressured Rockcliff in to conceding penalty try for 37-24 at full time.

On Monday it was confirmed by the Rugby Union that all games and training for English clubs would be suspended immediately due to the Coronavirus.

A statement said: “Following government advice, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level.

“Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review.”