A 5 o’clock kick off in the freezing temperatures of the north east in late November provided the setting for a fast paced, well fought game between Durham 4s and Hull 1s. Early Durham pressure in Hull’s 22 was rewarded with a try for Mallison, which was then converted by Peter Morris, 7-0 Durham. Hull bounced back with a series of pick and go’s and a few penalty touch finders to get a try of their own, the conversion was missed, 7-5.
Durham responded with a strong end to the first half, with the Durham pack dominating the set piece. A penalty made it 10-5, a line break from Captain Beachell and some slick handling gave the ball to Wright who touched down in the corner. The start of the second half began as the second ended, with strong Durham play. After some good work around the half way line and some flair from Mallinson at first receiver, it was Wood’s turn to score, the conversion was uncharacteristically missed by Morris. As Durham went searching for the bonus point, Hull’s misery continued, a yellow card meant Hull were reduced to 14. However, this misery did not last, the Hull fightback was on. A converted try meant the score stood at 27-12 heading into the last 10 minutes of the game. The last try of the game was a Hull one, a few line breaks meant the game ended 27-17 to Durham, a bonus point win in a vital game. Notable performances include Wright, Toby Woods and Josh Perry, however MOTM was given to Mallinson.