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Friday, 22 May 2015

Tyne pay penalty for yellow card

DESPITE a much improved performance, Tynedale crashed to their sixth successive defeat on Saturday.

Costly crime: Richmond ran in two tries while Ollie Stedman was in the sin bin.

The 44-31 reversal has left them just one place above the relegation spots, with many tough fixture still to come.

The return of Chris Harris at full back injected some pace and power into the Tynedale ranks, and they held their own until half time.

Richmond only broke away when Tynedale number eight Ollie Stedman was yellow carded for a blatantly cynical offside.

While he was off the field, Richmond ran in two converted tries, and Tynedale were left behind.

Yet again, there were plus points, including five successful kicks at goal from Matty Outson, back at fly half after a head injury.

He had reputedly been having one to one instruction with coach Tom Borthwick, himself a master kicker in his days as fly half with Cumbria and Aspatria – and the polishing of Matty’s technique has clearly paid off.

There was also another impressive performance from Ben Frankland, who seems equally at home at either centre or back row.

Tynedale were without the always dependable Graeme Dunn in the second row, and George Cullen in the backs.

London is seldom a happy hunting ground for Tynedale, but they got off to the perfect start for once, with effervescent scrum half Harry Peck fizzing over for a try by the posts before the game was a minute old.

Outson converted, and Tynedale had the luxury of a 7-0 lead.

Sadly, it was short-lived, for on four minutes, there was a slick interchange of passes between Tom Gregory and full back Peter Clarke, who galloped away to touch down.

Luke Cousins’ conversion brought the scores level.

The see saw soon swung back the other way straight from the kick off, when Richmond knocked on from the kick-off, and got themselves offside.

Outson landed the penalty to put Tynedale 10-7 in front.

Encouraged by his two successes, Outson had another shot from the tee on 10 minutes, but the angle was a difficult one, and he put it narrowly wide.

Tynedale had their tails up though, and a determined burst by Frankland took him to the tryline, but he was unable to ground the ball.

Richmond defended the five metre scrum well, and the ball was cleared.

The Londoners started to come back, and on 17 minutes, from the line out, flanker Gareth Bansor retrieved a loose ball and his pack drove forcefully to the line, where hooker Jason Phipps was able to get the touchdown to get the touch down to a try converted by Cousins.

Back came Tynedale, when from a penalty, they found the touch 10 metres out.

The line out led to a series of penalty scrums, from one of which hooker George McGuigan forced his way over for a fine try, improved by Outson to put Tynedale 17-14 in front.

Tynedale had a let off on 26 minutes when a Richmond penalty was kicked close to the line – but Tynedale won the ensuing line-out.

Tynedale were still dangerous on the break, notably on the half hour, when Frankland fly-hacked through to the 22, and then won the line-out against the throw.

However, the chance came to nothing when they knocked on.

Just before half time Cousins equalised again with his third successful effort from the tee, after Tynedale were offside.

The game was keenly poised at 17-17 at half time, but Richmond were handed the advantage early in the second period when Stedman picked up the ball when a good two metres offside.

The referee had little option but to penalise such a blatant transgression with a yellow card, and Tynedale immediately found themselves up against it.

The resulting penalty was kicked to touch five metres from the line, and with a man short, Tynedale were unable to resist the forward drive that brought Phipps his second try.

Cousins maintained his 100 per cent record and Tynedale were 24-17 down.

Quick thinking by Hamish Smales denied Richmond another try from a long kick ahead, the winger touching down for 22 drop out.

The respite was only temporary, and from another well controlled forward drive from a line-out, prop Karl Outen was driven over for another try, which Cousins converted for 31-17, and the four-try bonus point

Tynedale sank further behind when Richmond’s forward power again proved irresistible, another line-out catch and drive earning a try for flanker Gareth Bansor, the deadly Cousins again on target with the boot to stretch the lead to 38-17.

However, Tynedale kept plugging away, and were rewarded on 21 minutes when winger Peter Cole made a break from the edge of the 22, and forced his way over under the posts for Outson to make it 38-24.

A buccaneering run out of defence from Harris was taken on by Smales, who was tackled into touch just short of the line.

Tynedale were starting to look good, but the impeccable Cousins eased the pressure on Richmond with another penalty on 32 minutes.

Tynedale were determined not to go home empty-handed, and with four minutes left, super sub Alex Fieldhouse made a break inside the 22, and outstripped the defence to register the four try bonus point.

Outson converted to take Tynedale’s tally to 31 – the first time they have scored more than 30 points since September.

Inevitably, Cousins had the last word with another penalty, but at least there was a glimmer of hope for Tynedale to cling to.