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Monday, 28 July 2014

Northern rob youngsters of showpiece final

TYNEDALE U12 missed out on a final berth in front of thousands of people when they lost to the county’s top dogs Northern.

The team from Corbridge were removed from the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup at the semi-finals stage by the eventual winners, thus denying them a place in the final played at Kingston Park during half-time of a Newcastle Falcons championship game.

Organised by the Falcons, the competition saw the 12 teams split into three groups with the top teams plus the second highest qualifier making it to the final four.

Captained by Walid Kurdi, Tynedale started in fantastic form, crushing opponents Blyth as they ran riot.

Richard Gaisford got the ball rolling with the opening try, and he was followed on the scoresheet by Tom Robson and fellow winger Will Roberts.

There was no let-up for Blyth in the second half, Tyne continued their dominance with further tries from centre Seth Kippax-Jones, scrum half James Greenwood and loose head Sam Harrison.

Their next opponents, Sunderland, were a man down early on when their hooker was injured and Tynedale made the most of the numerical advantage.

Roberts registered an early interception try and soon after added to his tally, before Greenwood made it three on the stroke of half time.

With changes aplenty for the second half, they held firm for the win despite Sunderland recording a consolation try despite a great cover tackle from Tynedale fullback Jack Peter.

Knowing a win against three times county champions Alnwick would secure their place in the semis, Tynedale asserted their authority early on in the final group game.

But they were to be frustrated, both Oscar Caudle and Charles Ryder crossing the line to have their scores disallowed for not grounding the ball and knocking on.

But they did break the deadlock early in the second period when Gaisford found some space, and tries from Harrison and Kippax-Jones secured the win.

Tyne were unable to do themselves justice in the semi-finals when they faced previous Premiership Rugby Cup and county champions Northern.

They battled hard but could not contain their opponents, going down 3-0. Their victors went on to clinch the overall trophy with a 1-0 victory over Whitley Bay Rockcliff in the final.

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