DURFC 4s 41 - 31 Liverpool 1s
Tries: (Spriggens, Morris 2, Buffini, Perry, Beese)
Conversion: (Morris 4)
This was the 4s last home game of the season and the boys were keen to make amends for defeat away at Liverpool. The intent was there from the off with impressive second row Alex Miller gathering Peter Morris’ kick off. It did not take long before Durham pressure was turned into points with Morris kicking the first penalty of the match. Soon after Durham were back in the Liverpool half and some tidy backs interplay sent Spriggens through the middle to touch down.
However Liverpool possessed a strong running back three and their winger soon scored one of their own leaving it 10 -5 in the early stages. Durham quickly got their hands back on the ball and after a series of offloads Morris scored. Despite another Liverpool try Durham kept their attacking intent and once more Morris showed his class gathering his own chip and scoring Durham’s third try. The half finished with yet another try by the dynamic prop Theo Buffini who dummied and dived over from short range. 31 – 12 at half time.
Early in the first half Morris set up the another attack this time taking advantage of an overlap down the short side to release Perry to score in the corner leaving it 36-12. Yet for the most part the second half was much tighter affair with some strong defence from both sides. Durham did not retain the ball with the same assurance as seen in the first half and sustained pressure from Liverpool in the Durham half brought about three unanswered Liverpool tries. The score was now 36-31 going into the last ten minutes. The moment of the match came from a loose kick to the dangerous Josh Perry who began a clinical counter attack from the halfway releasing Matt Beese down the touchline and with some good footwork he ran it under the posts, a classy piece of play from two veterans of DURFC rounding off a strong performance.
A great result by the 4s putting in a performance that really highlighted the steady improvements made as a side through out the season. A special word has to go to the leavers in the side, Matt Beese, Peter Morris, Ed Culliney and skipper Charlie Beachell who led from the front.