Tynedale tyros suffer first game towsing
Published at 07:35, Wednesday, 18 September 2013
A VERY young Tynedale side was cut to ribbons by newly promoted Henley Hawks on Saturday.
With an average age of 22 – and a downy-cheeked bench averaging 19 – Tynedale were ruthlessly put to the sword by the Oxfordshire outfit.
It was Tynedale’s worst opening day defeat since league rugby began, but there were crumbs of comfort.
Ten of the squad were home-grown players, who had come to the first team via the colts – a statistic unlikely to be matched by any other club in National League Division One.
And as they mature, the youngsters could provide a solid foundation to ensure Tynedale keep punching above their weight at national level.
Tynedale were without skipper Jack Harrison – at a wedding – and experienced winger Hamish Smales – on sevens duty – so old heads were in short supply.
However, they did welcome back the Beasley brothers, Gavin at fly half and Grant in the back row.
Flying Dutchman Sep Visser also returned on the wing.
It took only two minutes for the Hawks to swoop into the lead, fly half James Comben landing a simple penalty when Tynedale were trapped offside.
However, Tynedale came back strongly, when Gavin Beasley spotted a gap and made a good break, before sending in centre Ben Frankland for the opening try.
Beasley converted from in front of the posts, and Tynedale were 7-3 clear.
However, Tynedale were under constant pressure, and were pressured into mistakes which saw Comben land further penalties on 12 and 15 minutes.
Back came Tynedale, with Beasley sending penalty over on 20 minutes when the Hawks failed to release the ball in their tackle.
That put Tynedale 10-9 in front – the last time they led in the game.
A knock on from the restart was severely punished when the Hawks claimed possession, and fed flying winger Xavier Andre on the right wing.
He streaked through some poor tackles to get deep into the Tynedale 22, and from the ensuring maul, skipper Martin Nutt was able to fling himself over the Tynedale line for an unconverted try to make it 14-10.
Moments later, Tynedale were down to 14 men for 10 minutes, as lock Andy Buist was sin-binned, and Comben converted the resultant penalty for 17-10.
Tynedale’s 14 men held out until just before the interval, when a bout of close passing ended with Comben side stepping over the line to make the tally 22-10, and his personal tally 17 points.
He missed the conversion, and tweaked a hamstring in the process, taking no further part in the game.
In first half injury time, Tynedale scrum half Matty Outson took a quick penalty, and the Hawks were penalised for not being 10 yards away.
Outson repeated the process, and Hawks flanker Will Woodward was sin-binned for interfering with the quick penalty.
Tynedale used their extra man to good advantage, and lock Andy Buist crashed over Tynedale’s second try, improved by Beasley.
That made it 22-17 at the break, and the game was evenly poised.
Tynedale’s hopes of making a big impact while still a man up were cruelly dashed when the Hawks opened the second half with two tries in four minutes.
Tynedale’s giant prop Mark Irving was forced off with a hamstring problem and they struggled in the scrum thereafter.
Tom Allen, coming in at fly-half, put in a typical dancing run to weave through a floundering Tynedale defence to touch down under the posts for full back Liam O'Neill to convert.
Straight from the restart, scrum-half Luke Carter took a tap penalty which started off a terrific handling movement which ended with Alan Awcroft touching down for an unconverted try
That made it 34-17, and there was no way back for Tynedale’s callow crew.
Then came the rarity of a referee awarding a penalty against Outson for feeding the scrum.
This is the norm rather than exception these days, but from the penalty, Allen mesmerised the Tynedale cover to grab his second try, this one converted by centre Danny Wells.
Salt was rubbed into Tynedale’s wounds when Carter fed the Hawks front row just as Outson had done, and escaped censure.
Tynedale battled gamely to try to salvage something from the game, and threatened briefly when they won a line out 10 metres from the Henley line, but it came to nothing.
Danny Wells extended Henley’s lead on 66 minutes when he forced his way over from close range and flanker Tommy Haynes got the home side’s seventh and final try close to the end.
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This week in... 1950Friday, December 15, 1950....
THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.