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Gateshead
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

IT'S A FUNNY OLD GAME

Tries Galore!

I’ve used this expression before and no doubt I will use it again! I did not quite get my report for last Wednesday’s game against Gosforth finished so none was posted but really after yesterday’s game versus Medicals I can write pretty much the same report.
We were playing two teams we should expect to beat and that is not disrespecting either team. We were playing two teams who were up for it big style. Our tacking which has been a massive part of our game and generally always excellent was atrocious in both games. Two games where twenty three tries were scored but only nine for us! Quit bizarre saying only nine tries in two games!
In both games at halftime I would have still fancied our chances only for that bet to be made even more unlikely with the opposition scoring within a minute of the restart.
So what went wrong? Perhaps two games a week has taken its toll and injuries to key players makes a difference. All is true but we still had enough good players to make the games much better than they were.
So it happens and life goes on and the lads will keep trying I am sure with Ponteland & Consett at home this Wednesday & Saturday respectively so let’s make sure we get there and support them and help them finish the season on a high.
There were some good points of course. The best one was Alex Surrey bought me a beer at Medicals on Saturday before the game. It was a glorious day and we were looking forward to a nice cold beer but it was a tad warm but the thought was there Alex!
Seriously thought the best part of it all was another debut by a young lad from the youth section. Winger Ratu Bavadra came on at half time against Medicals and did well and scored a debut try in his first game so very well done young man!
We also scored some lovely tries ourselves in between watching the opposition scoring a few more with David Tate notching another three over the two games. I was going to make another sarcastic remark about age etc but I think the photo that has been published is giving him enough stick already!
Referees! Most of you know that I am not a big fan of yellow cards. However there are circumstances where it is a must and that is dangerous play. Last Wednesday we had a ref who ignored this. Firstly I will say that he had nothing to do with us losing. Whilst he didn’t help we managed that all by ourselves! There were two dumpings in the air in the lineout on the same layer and by the same player. Whilst penalties were given a yellow card should have given especially after the second one. Then David Tate was tackled in the air in open play and thankfully wasn’t seriously injured but I was of the understanding that at least a yellow card was the order of the day! Both of these situations are dangerous and it is up to the ref to do the right thing! Whilst not dangerous when a player deliberately knocks on about two metres from his own line surely another situation for a card!
Still on Saturday it was back to the club and a good time was had by all. We had another two young lads making their debuts in senior rugby in Rob Fish & Tom Kell with the 3rds at Darlington and both gave good accounts of themselves. One thing I have always been a keen advocate of is enjoying yourselves after the game irrespective of the score. Leave the misery in the changing room and sort out at training and in the next game.
I watched the colts beat Sunderland today to hopefully win the league. Some good young lads there and a great atmosphere in the club.
So for the record Wednesday last Gosforth 45 Gateshead 36. Saturday Medicals 48 Gateshead 24.
Don’t forget Ponteland at home Wednesday 6.30pm kick off so get there and give the lads a shout.

It’s our final Kids First Champion for the season! David ‘Flats’ Flatman and two special guests surprise Ellingham & Ringwood RFC.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Consett 26 111
2. Durham City 26 111
3. South Shields Westoe 26 108
4. Barnard Castle 25 103
5. Horden and Peterlee 26 71
6. Gateshead 24 60
7. Hartlepool Rovers 26 57

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