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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Colts fail to recover from setback

Tynedale Colts 13Melrose Wasps 40

CONCEDING a dubious penalty try just five minutes in saw Tynedale Colts chasing the game when Melrose Wasps came to town.

A bewildered Tynedale were penalised for not retiring the required 10 metres, which normally warrants a warning or a card, and they never really recovered from the early setback.

With the excellent Melrose 10 improving the try, Tyne hit back within 10 minutes with a try of pure teamwork with 10 players getting their hands on the ball to leave Melrose unable to cope with the shear number of support runners!

The move was finished off by Rhys Main who was press ganged into the centre duty due to Tynedale’s long injury list, and Nick Cairns converted.

Despite still feeling stung by the early disputed Wasps try, Tynedale were awarded a penalty shortly afterwards and Cairns converted comfortably for the lead.

Melrose were next on the scoreboard when a 22 drop out was picked up on the full with their 15 running through some soft tackles to score under the posts.

Tynedale were straight back up the field with repeated phases forcing Melrose to concede a penalty, Cairns banging it over from 35 metres to see Tyne trail by just one point.

The second half belonged to Melrose though as they were the only side to cross the white wash, doing so on four occasions with all but one converted. Despite injecting fresh legs, Tynedale struggled to get forward due in no small part to ferocious Melrose tackling.

The Colts will need to respond when they host Kelso this weekend in a 2pm kick off.