1st 15 vs Leeds Beckett
A Durham 1st team side saw many changes to last weeks line up, injuries and on form calls ups ensured debuts to players like; Sam Moncur, Ben Marsden, Harri Thomas, Tom Griffin and Bradley Freeman. All of whom put an excellent shift in or the side in palatinate.
The home side struck first with a 5 pointer in the right hand corner. An impressive conversion ensured the additional 2 points for the boys in green. Not their preferred strip, but the usual black and purple was deemed too similar to Durham’s jersey, by the referee.
DURFC were to reply next with an excellent 50 metre try rom the on form Rob Stevenson, the winger just about staying in play before racing off to dap the ball down over the white wash. The 2 pointer successful meant 7-7 was the score.
Leeds made it 7-12, before Durham scored with a push over try from the lineout maul. At half time Durham looked the better with 14points to Leeds’ 12. Damon Poole was with the ball to score 5 points for Durham.
Half time- Durham (14) – Leeds Beckett (12)
Rory Hardman assisted in Durham’s next try for the newly promoted Olly Rosillo, the winger showing a clean pair of heels to make it over the line. The conversion successful by No’10, Henry Slater who’s kicking from the tee was to be admired with not entirely easy kicks from a number of places. Durham now tallied 21 points on the board to Leeds’ 12. 42 minutes played.
The momentum wasn’t to last at Leeds replied to make the score, 21- 17 their conversion attempt missed.
The scoreboard was not finished there, Jack Beezer went over from yet another impressive lineout maul try from the Palatinate pack, showing their strength against a larger opposition, proving that size is not necessarily everything. Durham’s lead increased to 28-17.
With not long left on the referees watch, the game took yet another shit in momentum with Leeds scoring twice in quick succession. The kicker only able to slot one from the two conversions available meant 28-29 was the score, in Leeds’ favour.
Just to add to the drama Durham were awarded a penalty in the dying embers of the game, 40m out and directly in-front. Henry Slater stepped up, who’s only unsuccessful kick from the tee was to a penalty early in the game. A repeat of last years last minute winner against Manchester Met wasn’t to be with the kick just skewing right of the uprights. That was last act o the day and Leeds maintained the lead to win a dramatic game o rugby.
Full time saw Durham (28) – (29) Leeds Beckett.