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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Tynedale aim to end year on high

TYNEDALE hope to end their unlucky 2013 home programme in style on Saturday - with a win against fellow strugglers Richmond.

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Tynedale have shown some of their best try-scoring form of the season in their last two games, which saw them beat Hull Ionians and lose by a single point to Cinderford.

In doing so, they ran in 11 tries to give themselves a glimmer of hope.

The visit of Richmond sees Tynedale round off the first half of the season, which has seen them win just three of their first 14 games.

They have far and away the worst defence record in the league, leaking a staggering 70 tries, which has left them next to bottom of the table, seven points away from safety.

Victory against Richmond is therefore essential before they start the second cycle of league fixtures at Blaydon a week tomorrow.

Richmond started the season as badly as Tynedale, losing eight of their first 10 games, but the Londoners have shown much improved form in the last month.

They won 25-18 at struggling Blackheath four weeks ago, before throwing victory away when they entertained Worthing Raiders the following week.

After leading 34-25 with 20 minutes left, they conceded two late converted tries to lose 39-34.

A fortnight ago they were a bit unlucky to lose 34-26 at Fylde, but got back on track last Saturday when they won 33-10 at home to Loughborough Students.

With former Tynedale player Myles Scott in the second row, they scored 20 unanswered points in the second half, including three tries from their dominant pack. They have scored 14 tries in their six away games and conceded 19 tries.

Kick off is at at 2pm.

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