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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Ealing blaze a trail to Corbridge

TYNEDALE face a stiff test tomorrow, when league leaders Ealing Trailfinders come to Corbridge

The London side topped the National Division One table for much of last season, before being pipped at the post by London Scottish. It’s been a similar story this term, where they have always been there or thereabouts.

This time they have Blaydon snapping at their heels, and the Crow Trees side will be hoping their neighbours will do them a favour.

It’s certainly not beyond the bounds of possibility, for Tynedale have made something of a habit of beating sides they are expected to lose to – as well as losing to those they should beat.

Chairman of rugby John Shotton said: “We are capable of beating anyone on our day, and I am sure we will pull off some surprises in the second half of the season.”

Ealing are the top try scorers in National One with 80 (42 home and 38 away) and have conceded 43 tries (22 home and 21 away). It is worth noting that they have leaked nine tries away from home in the first 20 minutes of games.

They have won seven out of eight home games, with six wins, two draws and that one defeat on their travels.

They only salvaged a 16-16 draw at Rosslyn Park in their last away match three weeks ago with a last gasp penalty, while a fortnight earlier they scraped home 11-10 at Cinderford.

The game kicks off at 2pm