Vulcans sent back south empty handed
By Gavin Donnelly
A convincing win for Rock as they go 2 bonus point wins in a row and go top of the table early doors. Winlaton return south well beaten by a rampaging young Rock.
The Rock Ultras were out in force for this fixture, the 1st league game at home for the home side on an AGP. With no changes in the pack, Rock took to the field bristling with confidence full of brim and vitality after dispatching Ashington in last weeks opening seasons game. Changes in the backs saw a start for Ramage, alongside O’Sullivan, Madden, Muzzlewhite, with Johnstone starting at fullback for the 1st time in his career, behind captain Leach and young Hansen pulling the strings at 10. On the bench Alex Hayton returned with a rejuvenated Chris Pearson, with a first introduction for Henry Cotton
The Vulcans started strongly, but Rockcliff weathered the early storm and Michael Hansen settled any early nerves with a well taken penalty on ten minutes. Two minutes later Liam Bowman finished off an excellent forward move which started with a powerful catch and drive from a line out on the visitors twenty two metre line. Winlaton were still in the game at this point, and they forced a penalty which luckily for Rockcliff just drifted wide. Rhys Johnstone notched a second penalty for Rockcliff for 11-0, and then Red and Golds skipper Dan Leach sniped over to touch down, converted by Hansen, for 18-0. Winlaton attacked again, breaking down the right wing, but Rockcliff's scramble defence held them out. As the half time break approached Rockcliff launched a series of raids on the Winlaton line, and a flowing move involving forwards and backs saw Hansen feed Rob Hamilton who shipped on to Craig Hamilton who stormed through to score, converted by Hansen , for 25-0 at the break.
The Vulcans took the initiative early in the second half, looking to claw themselves back into the game, and, as in the first half, the Rockcliff rearguard held out. Rockcliff resumed domnation fo possession, and a flowing move saw Rhys Johnstone cross for the bonus point try, and three minutes later housewife’s favourite Harry Ramage rampaged 40 metres up field to send Charlie Muzzlewhite through for 35-0. Ramage then got himself on the score board, cutting through from ten metres out to score. Hansen again added the extras and it was 42-0. Hansen then capped a fine performance at stand off, selling a great dummy before darting through to score and convert the final try of the game.
a good performance by the young Rock tyros, we look forward to a big weekend next with the official opening of the AGP, so come and support the Red and Golds