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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Park too strong for the Raiders

RUGBY: AFTER being the dominant force as little as three years ago, Tynedale have again failed to get their hands on the Northumberland Senior Cup.

Jonny Cousin scored Tynedale's only try in defeat to Percy Park.

Their Raiders team had breezed past opponents to pick up the trophy three years running between 2007 and 2009, but since then, they have played second fiddle to Percy Park. Park eliminated them in the semi-finals this weekend, winning 20-10.

Park had defeated Tyne in the past two finals and rubbed salt into the wounds by overturning a 10 point deficit to stay on track for a third consecutive triumph of their own.

Tynedale were flying early on and, from a line-out in the corner, Jonathan Cousin barged through to register the first score of the afternoon.

When Toby Davison sent over a penalty from half-way on 30 minutes to take the score to 10-0, it looked as though Tynedale were to rediscover the form that made their rivals tremble a few years back.

But Park ensured they were very much still in the game before the break, Joe Wafer finding his way over the line to reduce the margin to five.

With the wind behind them, the North Shields outfit dominated proceedings in the second half and levelled on five minutes when Ali Blair finished off a smart move.

A successful penalty from fly-half Ashley Smith gave Percy the lead for the first time, and the game was put beyond Tyne’s reach when Bret Sylph scored a 77th minute try to book a final date with Morpeth.