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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Tynedale geared up for derby day

THE fact that Tynedale are prime candidates for relegation will mean nothing tomorrow.


For they make their shortest trip of the season to Crow Trees to meet old rivals Blaydon to launch the second half of the season.

League positions mean little in the white heat of a local derby, and while Blaydon have recovered from a shaky start to the season to lie seventh to Tynedale’s next to bottom, they will not be relishing the visit of Tom Borthwick’s men.

The previous clash this season between the sides ended in a win for Tynedale by a single point, so Blaydon will be thirsting for revenge.

Ominously, Blaydon rely heavily on the catch and drive and rolling maul for their points, so they will be rubbing their hands at Tynedale’s vulnerability to the antithesis of open rugby

After losing their first two home games against Loughborough Students and Esher, Blaydon have won six in a row at Crow Trees against the likes of Doncaster Knights, Coventry and Wharfedale.

Their 10 match unbeaten run, which included two wins and two draws away from home, only came to an end in gale force winds and torrential rain at Fylde last Saturday, where they lost 9-5 after failing to score a point in the second half despite having the elements behind them.

They have scored 33 tries in eight home games and conceded only 20, with 80 per cent of the tries leaked coming after half-time.

Overall, they have conceded a meagre 34 tries in 15 matches, compared to Tynedale's tally of 75.

The game kicks off at 2pm, after which Tynedale have a week off before resuming the fight for survival at home to Old Albanians on January 4.