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Friday, 22 May 2015

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Tynedale aim to climb table in season finale

WITH their safety secured, the pressure will be off Tynedale when they travel to fifth placed Old Albanians on Saturday in the last game of the season.

The lingering dark cloud of relegation has finally cleared and the boys in blue and white could actually finish up in seventh spot if they were to come away with maximum points, and other results went their way!
Albanians are a team bang in form though, recovering from an unfortunate 32-23 loss to champions Ealing Trailfinders to win their last five games.
The victories came over Wharfedale (15-12), Cambridge (50-12), Coventry (39-34), Rosslyn Park (17-16) and Macclesfield (28-22).
Another danger to watch out for is that the players will almost certainly want to give head coach and director of rugby James Shanahan a send-off to remember as he heads to Championship side Plymouth Albion next year.
With five tries in their win over Wharfedale, Tynedale are the league’s joint top try scorers in home games, with 77 along with Rosslyn Park, although 40 missed conversions followed.
Overall, only Ealing Trailfinders (140), Esher (128) and Rosslyn Park (119) have scored more tries than Tynedale’s tally of 118.
Hamish Smales is the sixth top scorer in the league on 18.
Both Tyne and Albanians boast almost identical defensive records, Old Albanians conceding 101 tries in 28 games, including 42 at home, and Tynedale leaking 100 from a game more.
Tynedale’s travelling support will be pleased to learn of the news that Doncaster occupied the second relegation spot in the Championship, meaning the long trip to Jersey is no longer on the cards.