DURFC 2nd XV vs Manchester 1st XV
The stage was set and the heavens had opened for the opening game of DURFC 2nd XV's campaign, the challengers coming in the form of Manchester 1st team. It was a start to forget however as a flurry of cynical penalties saw skipper,Jack Stileman, sent to the bin within 4 minutes of play. This seemed to encourage the other 14 remaining as a shower of penalties were handed to Manchester, who managed to get some points on board early on in the half. Durham however, strong in will would not let anyone through their wall of defence and kept Manchester away from their line boosted by the powerful comms of club captain Thomas Gretton in aid of Archie Hamiltons mastery of the chop tackle. After a mesmerising display of defence it was Ames who sparked the first piece of jouè resulting from excellent fire work at the breakdown by the back row followed by drawing the defence and firing a flawless pass to fly half George Jones who tipped Tom McLean into the corner to finish. The second half saw much of the same story for Durham and after a brutal scrum walked 10 metres towards Manchester's try line the boys in Palatinate,blue and green were awarded a penalty of their own. Slotted by George Jones without flaw. This inspired confidence and after a series of scrums and phase play from Manchester Ali Neden and George Trick had no problem shutting down the Manchester attack,forcing a knock on for the once sin binned skipper to fly over the white wash onto a loose ball down in manchester's try area,sealing the game 18-16. A performance not without its flaws, but a confidence booster that in times when things are not working out, a win can still be found. DURFC 2nd XV look forward to making the trip to St Andrews next week to further their winning streak.