3rd team battle out a draw
By Phil Walton
Report by Rob White
Gateshead IIIs played a well drilled Consett IIIs on Saturday and secured their second league draw of the season. There’d been a mix up meaning no first team game so we played in front of our biggest crowd yet on the first team pitch. They were entertained by two teams who played some decent rugby at times. A couple of late cry offs for us, but we started with 3 colts and another on the bench. All in all we had quite a young team, particularly so in the backs.
It was biting cold but the pitch was in great condition, a day for playing in the forwards, not stuck on the wing
Consett played the better rugby for the first 25 minutes. They were quicker to the ball and were dominant in scrum and lineout. A couple of try saving tackles on our try line kept them out. Couldn’t say who made the tackles as it was too far away! Consett seemed certain to score first as we rarely got out of our half and a yellow card took us down to 14.
However our defence wasn’t that bad and the card seemed to focus the guys. We scored a cracking try as soon we were back to 15.
On 27 minutes a line out on their 22 was taped back. Tom Kell, at 9, took a difficult catch who popped to Kellen at 10. He feed to the centres and big Sandis went on the loop. He burst through a big gap and was tackled just short. He stretched out his long arm and scored his best try of the season. Conversation by Tom.
Luis Rewcastle, on the wing, showed his electric pace on a couple of occasions to frighten Consett but couldn’t quite get that final pass away to score another try.
It was Consett who scored right on half time. Their no 8 barged his way through a few tackles to score out wide.
Half time 7-5 to Gateshead and on came Anth Green and John McLean. Two new guys coming to us from Chester-le-Street.
Fin Reah came into the back row also. The half time talk was to contest in the line outs, steady the scrum and keep the ref on our side. No more yellow cards.
We came out all guns blazing. Anth Green set up a try for us after 2 minutes. He burst down the right touch line, cut back inside and feed the ball to Lewie Arthur who was on his outside. Lewie scorched in from half way to score. 12-5.
A lapse of concentration lead to our second yellow, two quick penalties for kicking the ball in the ruck put us down to 14 again.
Consett punished us scoring 2 tries to take a 12-17 lead.
We were back in the game when back to full strength. A penalty to us just inside their half was taken quickly by Tom Kell. He ran past a few of their players and grubber kicked into space behind their defence. He now had a race on to score. Not with the opposition but Micky Eckstein. The ball bobbled up just before the try line and it looked as if they’d both scored, but Tom was first up to claim the score. That’s 3 in two games for Tom.
17-17 and we probably would have settled for that, but we couldn’t as Consett scored another to make it 17-22 with minutes left on the clock.
Consett kicked off deep into our 22, if we lost the ball now it was game over. We put a couple of phases in and gave the ball to Anth Green again. He burst down the right again and beat all the Consett defence to score. The conversion didn’t quite make it so the final score was 22-22.
So did the yellow cards make a difference, probably yes. Lesson to be learnt is listen to ref in his briefing before the game during it too.
But that doesn’t reflect in what was a very good performance by us, full of commitment and hard graft. The atmosphere in the changing room after the game was superb.
The young lads did really well. Kellen Reah and Karl Nelson thoroughly deserved their man of the match awards for backs and forwards respectively. Tom Kell and Matt Seager Rooke are getting better every game. It was nice to give Adam Douglas his senior debut too, just need to get the ball to him as I’ve been told he has electrifying pace.
Roll on Jarrovians!