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1st XV - Match centre

Whitley Bay Rockcliff
South Shields
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division Two Full time

A champion performance at Hillheads

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Respect to today’s opponents South Shields, who travelled to Hillheads with the bare minimum of a squad, 2 injured players on the replacement bench, facing a team who with a win today would be promoted as Champions.

This season we have seen a massive improvement in Rock performances and this was a quintessential display today, power, pace, strength all over the park. Beat what is in front of you is the Rock mantra, and today South Shields felt the brunt of this relentless Rock outfit, who really took no pleasure in amassing a score difference of 140 points. Fair play to Shields for sitting at it, but this was a steady stream of try’s from a Rock outfit hungry for the kill.
Coaches Cunningham and Hamilton selected Bowman, Pentland, Moore, Hamilton C, Hayton, Reid, Cotton, and Hamilton R in the pack, with Leach, Hanson, Ramage, Johnstone, Fenwick, Straker, and back from the UAE, Rapallo at fullback. Webster, Dawson, and last weeks cup winning captain Cormack, warmed the bench.
It would probably be easier to say who didn’t score, Tom, but the tries were notched by
Cotton, Cotton, Fenwick, Ramage, Ramage, Ramage, Straker, Cotton, Pentland, Hamilton R, Cotton, Straker, Pentland, Hamilton R, Fenwick, Dawson, Leach, Bowman, Hayton, Ramage, Rapillo, Johnstone, Hayton. 23 tries 16 of which converted by Johnstone which made him the days top points scorer.
Shields knocked over 3 well taken penalties.
Hamilton R was awarded the MOM, much to the pleasure of his agent and cameraman, wit and professional Yorkshireman,Simon Tindall. He were wright chuffed he were.
Afterwards there was a celebration in the changers, but no loss of focus as this team wants that 100% season, with Houghton away next week and a final home match against a much improved Ashington to come.
We depart this league after arriving 18 year ago, and as Champions. Well done to all.
Away next week to Houghton, see you there Ultras
No let up mind !

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League round up

Other Durham/ Northumberland Division Two results

25
16
Bishop Auckland
40
12
Houghton
Sedgefield
20
35

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitley Bay Rockcliff 26 126
2. North Shields 26 114
3. Hartlepool 26 96
4. Sunderland 26 90
5. Winlaton Vulcans 26 79
6. Ashington 26 74
7. Ryton 27 71

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