Tynedale show promise in defeat
Last updated at 08:13, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
DESPITE going down to Scottish premiership side Heriots in their second warm-up match on Saturday, there were signs that Tynedale could be a force to be reckoned with in National Division One this season.
The hulking presence of giant lock Andy Buist, and equally beefy tight head prop Mick Irving has made the Tynedale pack a formidable unit.
They destroyed the Scottish eight at one stage, popping them open like a ripe conker, and should have had a penalty try.
The other big plus point was the form of fly half Gavin Beasley, who returned from his rugby league experience with Gateshead Thunder to score two tries.
He also landed a conversion – something of a rarity for Tynedale – and was only a whisker away with another from the touchline.
The Edinburgh side took a second minute lead with converted try, and doubled that lead in controversial manner on 20 minutes.
They were awarded a penalty, which was taken two yards away from where it should have been.
To Tynedale’s dismay, the Irish referee waved play on, and Heriots got their second converted try.
Beasley got Tynedale back into the game with a well worked try he converted himself on 32 minutes.
They should have drawn level with the penalty try incident on 35 minutes, but the referee only reset the scrum, which came to nothing. To add insult to injury, Heriots got their third converted try to make it 21-7 at the interval.
Prop Sam White had what looked a good try disallowed 12 minutes into the second half, before sustained pressure brought Beasley’s second try wide out two minutes later.
The conversion from the touchline shaved the post.
With eight minutes left, Heriots scored again, this time failing to convert.
Tynedale had the last word though, when flying Dutchman Sep Visser sprinted the length of the field, before passing to Hamish Smales five yards out for Tynedale’s third and final try, which went unconverted.
Tynedale’s third and final warm-up game takes place at Tynedale Park tomorrow, with Hull providing the opposition.
Kick off is at 3pm.
First published at 07:41, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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