Jubilation as Tynedale beat Rosslyn Park
Last updated at 10:28, Monday, 18 February 2013
Tynedale 38, Rosslyn Park 34
A pulsating battle of twists and turns ended in victory for underdogs Tynedale over high-flying Rosslyn Park on Saturday.
Few gave the struggling Northumbrians much chance against the fourth placed Londoners, with the margin of defeat the main topic of conversation among the pessimistic home faithful.
However, a converted try after 30 seconds by full back Chris Harris set them on the way, and fly half Matty Outson added a penalty to his conversion on 14 minutes.
Park came roaring back with a try by centre Steve Parsons converted by fly half Sam Katz, but Tynedale scored again through winger Alex Fieldhouse on 18 minutes.
The powerful Park pack was in complete control at set pieces, and a well controlled drive brought a try for flanker Luke Campbell on 21 minutes to make it 15-12.
An Outson penalty on the half hour was followed by Fieldhouse's second try, a brilliant interception, before Katz scored a try he converted himself to make it 25-19 at the break,.
Two tries by the league's top scorer Hugo Ellis early in the second half seemed to have set Park on the way to victory, but a fine try by winger Hamish Smales reduced the gap to a single point.
A George Cullen penalty put Tynedale back in front, before a Katz penalty with two minutes left seemed to have sealed Tynedale';s fate.
But two minutes into injury time, replacement Tom Bramwell broke through to swallow dive in for the winning try amid scenes of wild jubilation.
First published at 10:26, Monday, 18 February 2013
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