A confident and convincing win for Durham County U18’s
Durham County U18s led with a clean sheet until the half time whistle and went on to win 47-5 in a confidence filled performance away to Cumbria U18s.
Away at Lymm, the opponents were only able to make one bounce back with an unconverted try to start the second half before the Durham boys were back at it again.
Stuart Hardy, Durham U17/U18’s manager said: “Durham went into the match against Cumbria full of confidence after their excellent come back against Lancashire last week.”
Making impact from the off, the North East representatives did not take long to open up the scoring. James Burdon, Fly half was able to cross the line from close range after the forwards took Durham close to the line with a series of powerful drives.
The forward trio – Mitchell Corney, Ben Walton and Eddy Anderson combined nicely for Durham’s second try. Prop Corney delivered a measured pass to Walton who ran into space and attacked the line, he was brought down short but laid the ball off to fellow flanker Eddy Anderson to dot down.
Durham’s third try of the half was very much an individual one with centre Zak Day showing some dazzling footwork to beat three defenders to score. Burdon converted two out of three tries to give a half time score of 19 – 0.
Cumbria opened the second half scoring after they got the luck of the bounce from a speculative kick ahead. It was however one way traffic for the rest of the half with Durham producing four more impressive tries.
Interplay down the touch line from a Cumbrian kick between full back replacement Tom Hall, wing John Clouston and scrum half replacement, Sam Newton allowed Hall to score his first of the afternoon.
Strong running from Rob Milbanke began Durham’s fifth try through quick ball out to fly half where the ball was spread wide to find prop Kieran Clarke running on to the ball in mid field. He in turn timed his pass to perfection to allow Anderson to hit the gap and split the defence and score his second.
Hall then scored his second of the game after he gathered a kick deep in his own 22m and set off on a mazy run beating numerous Cumbrian defenders to score under the posts.
It was Hall once again who finished the scoring after Durham elected to run the ball from a scrum just five metres from their own line. The ball went along the line and left to the wing. A quick ball was secured from the ruck to allow the Louis Wood – Clarke midfield partnership to swing into operation. This time Walton found himself in oceans of space and with a covering defender in hot pursuit he nicely dropped the pass off to Hall to finish with a hat trick. Fly half replacement Wood converted all of the second half tries as they kindly positioned under the posts.
Durham finished with a stylish 47 – 5 victory over Cumbria at Lymm.
This result takes Durham’s try tally to 14 with four changes to last week’s squad the number of boys representing the County U18’s so far this season reaches 27.
Durham have the opportunity to finish their season undefeated next Sunday when they entertain local rivals Northumberland at West Hartlepool RFC, kick off 2pm.
Durham U18s side that took on Cumbria