Defeat at McCraken confirms Pool relegation to D&N 2
Pool outclassed but just fail to secure bonus point despite scoring 3 tries
Northern started the stronger of the two sides and showed their title credentials by scoring after two minutes. Following a line out that was driven for 10 metres, the backs were then released and flowing move resultant in the stand off scoring under the posts. 7-0
Two minutes later, Pool were driven off their own scrum ball and the home number 8 caused havoc in the Pool defence with a strong run, when he has eventually hauled down, the ball was shipped to Northern 10 who scored under the posts.14-0
Pool first chance in the game came after 10 minutes, Northern were in possession on the half way line and Dave Chester intercepted a dropped ball to fly hack through but the full back pounced on the ball and his powerful kick retuned play to the half way line.
The third try was added which saw the home side lead 21-0.
Pool scored a fine try after 20 minutes on the clock, Anthony Lawrence made a break and when he was tackled, Patrick Wilson fed Graham Wilson who took the ball forward, the ball was then shipped to Dave Chester, who in turn passed to Tom Stead. Stead ran at the full back and bounce him out of the way to score in the corner. Lewis Wilson touchline conversion was true and Pool were back in the game 21-7.
From the kick off, Graham Wilson caught the kick off and took the ball on forcefully assisted by Michael Smalley but after several phases the ball was stolen at the break down and the danger was cleared.
31 minutes, the speedy number 14 broke from his own 22 to score under posts to claim a bonus point and take the score to 28-7.
Northern were in control of the game and scored their 5th try three minutes later 33-7.
3 minutes before half time, Ryan Wilson made a break from the half way line and when he was eventually stopped the ball was passed to Jon Carney but the ball was thrown behind Carney and a guilt edge opportunity was lost.
Second half continued in the same fashion with the home time dominating but Pool stoically working hard to score more tries for the bonus point. Northern 6th try was added as the score moved onto 38-7.
Pools second try came after 45 minutes, Tom Johnstone caught Adam Williamson line out ball and the forwards drove on before Ryan Wilson should great strength fending off two players before he was stopped , Anthony Lawrence passed to Neil Stead who passed to his brother Tom who scored under the posts for his second try. Lewis Wilson conversion made the game 38-14.
Two further tries took the score pass the half century mark as the Champions elect showed their class to lead 52-14.
50 Minutes into the second half, Tom Johnson picked up from the ruck and surged forward and as he approached the final defender, Johnson chipped over the top but the kick ran over dead ball line.
2 further tries were added as Northern extended the lead to 66-14.
Tom Stead was having an outstanding game in the loose and made ground every time he got his hands on the ball and he brushed aside two defenders before he was stopped by affine tackle by the full back to stop a certain try.
Northern’s 11th try was scored with 5 minutes remaining - 71-14
Tom Stead made yards with a strong drive with Neil Stead in support. Jack Richardson then picked up at the ruck to dive over but play was brought back for a penalty offence.
With a minute to go , scrum half Anthony Lawrence saw a gap in the home defence and made a break from the Northern 22 to score under posts. Lewis Wilson trusty boot added the extra 2 points to make the score 71-21. Pool continued to press to final whistle for a 4th try but ran out of time.