Derby defeat for Tynedale
Last updated at 09:42, Monday, 24 December 2012
IN monsoon conditions, it took a late try by flanker Rob Bell to deny injury-hit Tynedale victory in this entertaining derby.
It was Blaydon’s tenth successive win but they had to work hard for it in the ceaseless rain.
Tynedale took the lead on eight minutes with a well worked try for Ben Frankland close in, but the conversion was missed.
Blaydon dominated the rest of the half, scrum half Hall Charlton worming over for a try on 16 minutes after forward pressure, Andrew Baggett converting via the post,
Good handling sent winger Simon Barber in just before the break for Blaydon to turn round with a 12-5 lead
Tynedale took control in the second half, with a Matty Outson penalty being followed by a fine individual try from Peter Moralee to put Tynedale 13-12 ahead.
It stayed that way until the 78th minute when the big Blaydon forwards appeared to be running out of steam .
Although there was more than a hint of illegal "truck and trailer" about it, , Tynedale were shoved back 20 metres, and in the melee, Tynedale replacement Andrew Murray received a yellow card.
There were still raised eyebrows when Blaydon kicked the resulting close range penalty to touch rather than claiming three easy points, but the gamble paid off when Bell was driven over for Baggett to convert.
First published at 09:34, Monday, 24 December 2012
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