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3rd XV - Match centre

Houghton II
Gateshead RFC
Sat 3 Nov 15:00 - League Full time

Ka visi saka Laba Daudz nevaig tapec rakstu daudz!

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Report by Sandis Strelnieks

I would start with the recap when we last time played them it was 2 seasons ago when the 3d tem won the league who ever played would remember the score line and the huge tackle from Sean Leitch what resulted in smashed Collar bone. And the result was quite a loot against not so much.

Ok I will stop talking about the previous encounters only mentioning Houghton had 3 players from that line-up and they remembered the game well.
Even before our game started our Captain marvel got called up to the first team as they were desperate for some Bulk at the back of the scrum (mind that’s the only thing Drew has)
Tyler Holmes was Missing again from the line-up as he is now appearing in Fenwick’s Christmas window as an Elf.
Long Lost Fair weather player Jeremy Seront was missing again as he has Migrated south with the Bird for the weekend.
The main team was formed with mixture from the usual 3rd team players and some help from the 2nd team lads that helped out quite a bit so big thanks for this.
We arrived to the fixture with few subs on the bench mainly it was the backs as Lee bunting making his comeback to the club, Joni, Luis and Paul Riley who is always present at the 3rt tem games this season.
We arrived at the game in good spirits with plenty of chat and laughter.
The start of the warm-up from the side-line looked all of a sudden really quiet and some errors crept in when Forwards and the Backs came together the chat improved and the communication started flowing and with some raise in Confidence with some good run thru WE (as I say looking from the side-line) were ready for the game.
The team were led out by Long lost Corey Blackrock who is finding some good form coming back from injury.
As the game was Kicking off the nice sunshine was gone and the strong wind was the main dominator.
We started the game really promising after some Fancy dancing feet from Corey when he beat few opposition players he kicked thru and with a lucky bounce Kellen Gathered and scored a great try in the corner. This double 9 Linkup.
Few phases in the Ref awarded a penalty around 15m out straight in front of posts as we were short off a 10 Charlie Davis decided he could do the kick what could possibly go wrong everyone thought, Well Charlie missed from Point Blank range blaming that he slipped.
After Houghton’s Kick Stephen gathered the ball and made a great run supported by mickey Eckstein unfortunately the pas got went astray and ended up as intercept Stephen recovered and made amazing try saving tackle as bringing down player Triple his size (it doesn’t take a loot) from a Houghton lineout move where the wind was the main dominant factor rarely any throws were straight. The Houghton broke and Scored a try. And leaving 2 of Gateshead players on the floor Mickey had a bust Eyebrow and Sean as usual was complaining about the tight calf’s and Cramps.
So both of them were off replaced by Joni and Lee,
Houghton were really dominant in the scrum and played to their strength keeping the ball in the forwards they had some few mishaps, from one of them the ball came straight out and quick reaction from Kellen with quick passing seen the ball ending up in Cameron’s (Wrecking ball) hands after his run half of the opposition were on the backs from the handoffs that resulted in Cameron scoring under the posts. And Kellen did exactly the same as Charlie and missed from point blank range.
Some amazing footwork from Corey, Great lines by Luke Austin, and some perfect kicks from Si seen us come really close but couldn’t get over the line and few resulting in few consider tries.
Charlie decided that he had enough and was coming off talking about his amazing Breakfast.
In the last 20 minutes Houghton were praying for the Ref to blow the full time whistle. By that point we were trailing 10:17
We did wake up and started building the momentum some good run from Lee on the wing riding those higher tackles that normal like they don’t faze him at all great lines from Cam ending that 5 opposition players needed to work together to bring him down.
After few close encounters with the try line we got ushered in touch.
And we let our discipline slip a bit and got marched back 10.
In the last 5 Minutes we were throwing everything at them and Rob White got a line brake and the white line fewer and tunnel vision kicked he had 2 Gateshead players just outside him He got tackled and that ended in a turnover luckily it was a free ball.
We had the last throw of the dice and Luis scored out in the corner at that point the result 15:17
Kellen took the conversion and slotted between the posts even Dan Carter would be proud of that one.
As a Summary the Forwards did us really Proud as special mention to Welshy who played 8 for the first time Karl had amazing game even with his mishap with the nose ring.

MOM for the Forward was Jason Dale he had outstanding game hitting everything that moved and looked in Tremendous form.

The MOM for the Backs was for Cam The Wrecking Ball. Well I don’t need to explain anything there he kept us on front foot when he had the ball.

Ka visi saka Laba Daudz nevaig tapec rakstu daudz. Ha ha.

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