The 3rd XV travelled south to the Steel City looking to keep their unbeaten run going and remain as the only team in the club not to lose a game this season. Unfortunately, this feat would prove difficult to achieve.
After a dreary coach journey, the boys arrived in Sheffield with anticipation, all expecting an tough game up front, due the plethora of strong carriers in the Sheffield ranks. Playing under the lights on the brand new crumb at Norton Playing Fields in front of a “Whopper Wednesday” crowd of about 100 was an exciting prospect, making the incentive to steal a win even larger.
Unfortunately, much like last week in Strathclyde, Durham started slowly, with tackles being missed, allowing Sheffield to cut through our defence, and quickly racked up 17 points, with no reply from the lads in Palatinate. To add insult to injury, Durham would have to fight this strong Sheffield start with just 14 men for 10 minutes, after receiving a yellow card.
After an inspirational talk from Paul and Bash, Durham picked their heads up, with Sam Cavin slotting a penalty to get the scoreboard to start ticking over. This was then followed swiftly by a Malcolm Corry try and then a lovely nudge by Sam Cavin sent David Spriggens salmon diving into the corner, which both gave us great confidence going into the break.
Durham proved to be much sharper in the second half, with line out drives pushing Sheffield back and scrums being strong – one of which led to a Connor Rutherford try. Despite this, Sheffield kept their side of the score increasing, and were eventually too much for the Durham outfit, with the final score being 39-22 to Sheffield.
A tough result to take, however positives of Louis Treneman’s man of the match performance at 10 and giving 3rdXV experience to Gus McGilligan and Dan Allchurch gives a wider range of options later on in the season. The 3’s have a week off next week, but we go again the week after away at Stirling to get back to winning ways.