After a promising first game of the season narrowly loosing to Hartpury. Durham came down to Loughborough with one goal, to win. The weather was mixed with scattered rain showers through out the game, resulting in handling errors for both teams due to the slippery conditions. Durham received the kick off, and after a couple of phases were given with a penalty against them in the ruck. The cool headed Loughborough 10 converted the penalty to give them the first score of the match, 3-0. Durham returned with some nicely linked play by both forwards and backs seeing a clean line break from Adam Brocklebank. The high pressure by Durham on Loughborough’s 22, lead to a penalty for Durham in font of the sticks. Nathan Holmes levelling the score at 3-3. Loughborough bounced back far to quickly shortly after the kick off, using an overlap on the blind side to see them go under the posts 10-3. The next 10 minutes saw stalemate by both teams in centre field, until Loughborough broke through the middle off a scrum. However, great scramble defence earned a turn over to Durham to clear the lines. There were great chances for both teams, with Loughborough messing up a two on one and Durham missing a grubber in the corner gave the game. This created high tensions rallying the home crowd. However, the resulting half saw Loughborough with the majority of the pressure yet Durham stayed strong in defence to hold out until a penalty was awarded for hands in the ruck. Loughborough’s kick was good which saw the half close at 13-3.
Durham started well again in attack but Loughborough relived the pressure through a turn over and a line break through the middle to take possession into Durham half. Again they broke the line to score in the corner with the conversion good 20-3. Durham pulled back again and gained a penalty for slater to convert from 30 meters, 20-6. Heads high Durham assaulted once again in Loughborough 22., with good carry’s from the forwards. Giving credit to Loughborough’s defence we were unable to convert, narrowly missing a try with a drop over the line. To spectators this seemed to be the turning point in the game, as the next 10 minutes did not go to plan for Durham. Durham seemed to loose their structure and their defence loosened. In this period Loughborough scored two very quick try’s, breaking the line again which seemed to become a regular occurrence for Durham and a set piece try from a driving maul. This gave Loughborough an extending lead to 32-6. Considering the game was now out of Durham’s hands, moments of brilliance still occurred. With Ali Neden linking up with Rory Hardmen on the blind side. A precise chip over kick from Rory gave Neden a try under the posts putting the score at 32-13. Loughborough with possession in the closing minutes once again broke through the lines to score on full time, final results 39-13 to Loughborough. The team know we didn’t turn up today, putting on a display, which was far from our potential. Thus we have a lot to take away from today and work on to prepare before facing Leeds Beckett at home next Wednesday.