Durham 3rd XV vs Strathclyde 1st XV
The mighty 3’s arrived at a cold and wet Strathclyde sports centre on Wednesday afternoon looking to continue their winning form this season. Strathclyde posed a significant challenge from the offset however, and Durham, slow out of the blocks, fell behind to an early 12-0 lead. Not to be written off, the 3’s backed their forward dominance to work their way into Strathclyde’s half straight away. After some prolonged pressure they were rewarded with a penalty right in front, and Sam Cavin duly slotted. With a boost to our momentum, some dogged defence soon brought further reward, as Jacob Lineen pounced on a dropped Strathclyde ball to go under the posts unopposed. Half time 12-10 to Strathclyde.
Despite a flourish at the end of the first half, Strathclyde began to regain some of their earlier dominance, and with some help from the referee managed to score another two tries to extend their lead to 24-12. Not long thereafter, a yellow card for the 3’s saw them facing an uphill battle. We didn’t give up however, and a strong break from Louis Treneman led to a well worked try under the sticks for Miles Peters. Now with only seven points separating the teams, the game took an extraordinary turn. After no fewer than 6 scrums and 2 yellow cards for Strathclyde, the 3’s eventually managed to score from their dominant scrum in the 88th minute- number 8 James Sibley dotting down to make it a two point game. Sam Cavin made no mistake with the extras, bringing the game to a hard-fought 24-24 draw.