Sat 11
North Shields
1st XV
K Thomas (2)
C Hanson, B Osland
K Thomas
Off colour Pool maintain the unbeaten run!

Off colour Pool maintain the unbeaten run!

By Stewart Hind
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A try deep into injury time by Brian Osland salvaged a point for Pool at North Shields.

Hartlepool captained by Patrick Wilson lost the toss and played with the strong wind at their backs first half.

Pool had the first real opportunity to score after 6 minutes. From a scrum on the half way line, Tom Johnson picked up at the base of the scrum and fed Andrew Foreman, Foreman beat his opposite man and was stopped in his tracks with a fine tackle, however the ball was recycled and Patrick Wilson passed the ball out to Keagen Thomas, Thomas found Adam Ainley who skipped in side before releasing winger Nathan Taylor, Taylor looked like he was going to score but was bundled in touch with a fine tackle.

5 minutes later, the away team took a deserved lead, Jon Carney stole the North Shields line out ball, the Pool forwards drove the ball forward and Andy Foreman saw a gap in the home defence but was held up on the try line, Tom Johnson then got in the action and picked up from the ruck but was denied a try with a fine tackle, Patrick Wilson cleverly reversed the attack and passed to Adam Ainley who off loaded to second row Karl Hansen who dived over to break the deadlock. Keagen Thomas extended the lead with a conversion to give Pool a 7-0 lead.

The next phase, Pool nearly extended the lead, a sweeping move saw the forwards and backs combine before Keagen Thomas put prop Tom Stead away to score in the corner but unfortunately he had put a foot in touch and the try was disallowed.

After Pool dominating the opening 15 minutes, North Shields finally game into the game and broke from their own 22, play was taken up to the Pool 22 but as the home team had a 3-2 overlap fortunately for Pool the ball was knocked on and the danger was cleared.

Shields then scored a deserved try after Shields were camped in the Pool 22 for 5 minutes, only desperate defence kept the home team out however after the ball was held up a metre from the Pool try line, the Shields scrum half picked up at the base of the ruck to touch down. 7-5.

Pool then extended the lead on 35 minutes, North Shields were penalised for being off side at the ruck and Keagen Thomas with the wind behind him made to mistake from 40 metres. 10-5.

37 minutes Pool were penalised for holding on at the ruck but the penalty kick was short but Pool knocked the ball on 5 metres from the try line and scrum was awarded to Shields. Shields took advantage of the scrum position and attacked the Pool line and 7 phases later, a forward powered over the level the game at 10-10 with conversion being missed.

Deep into injury time, as Pool attacked, Keagen Thomas was tackle late and a penalty was awarded and Thomas dusted himself down to convert the penalty from 35 metres. 13-10.

Second half, the home team caused problems with their strong running in the forwards and after 5 minutes of pressure, a series of pick and go's saw a well worked try. Luckily the conversion was missed but Shields took the lead 15-13 for the first time in the game.

From the kick off, Jon Carney fielded the ball and made 20 metres with mazy run and linked up with the forwards as play was taken to the home 22 metre line. Adam Ainley then chipped over the full back with Stephen Cole in support but the ball was fielded by the winger and the ball was cleared to the half way line.

Shields than had a purple patch, which saw them dominate for long periods of the second half, only superb defence kept the Northumbrians out, however with 6 minutes remaining a penalty kick saw the score move on to 18-13.

With minutes remaining, Pool went on the offence and number 8 Tom Johnson broke through from the half way line and was stopped 5 metres from the try line, Michael Smalley then made in roads with some strong running. Pool laid siege to the Shields try line and after several phases of play, winger Brian Oland was passed the ball with some space and beat one defender to score in the corner.

With the score level at 18-18, Keagen Thomas had the chance to secure an undeserved victory but his conversion against the wind was wide.

Pool finish the D&N2 league campaign against Bishop Auckland at Mayfield on Saturday.

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Match date

Sat 11, Apr 2015




Durham/Northumberland Division Two