Durham County Senior Men one step closer to Twickenham

Durham County Senior Men one step closer to Twickenham


Durham County Senior Men take their tally to two from two after  a 41-14 victory over Staffordshire in the County Championship on Saturday. 

Last week, Durham Seniors opened their campaign as they welcomed Cumbria to Hartlepool Rovers in what turned out to be a one sided affair winning 62-5, while down the road, Staffordshire had lost out to Leicestershire.

John Dove, Chairman of Selectors for Durham County Senior Men said: “With Leicestershire expected to win when travelling to Cumbria it was vital that Durham came back from Lichfield with a victory.

“From this competition we look to try and emulate the County Under 20’s by reaching the final at Twickenham.”

Looking to open the game at a high tempo things could not have worked out better as in the second minute centre Fraser Wilson broke through for the opening score of the day.

Durham played with a lot of confidence and their efforts were rewarded again after just seven minutes as hooker Chris Wood took the score to 10-0.

After just 15 minutes on the clock it was a third score for Durham as Talite Vaioleti finished off some excellent approach work from Wood and Andrew Baggett.

Bagget saw the first ball between the posts to extend the lead to 17-0.

Staffordshire began to find their feet 20 minutes in as they opened their account with a converted try scored by flanker Prince.

In retaliation, Durham hit back at the hosts as Martin Hopley crossed for an unconverted try to lead 22-7.

As the game moved towards half time Staffordshire built up some pressure but it was the visitors who were to score with Wilson again finishing off the move. Baggett’s kick took the score to 29-7 in time for the half time break.

Straight back into play, the visitors proved they were not ruptured by the break as Wilson added to his tally with two tries in the 48th minute and the 60th minute with Baggett converting the second to lead 41-7.

Pictured: Fraser Wilson in action

To their credit the hosts continued to work hard and were rewarded the final score on the board in the 66th minute when a converted try left them trailing 41-14.

Dove added: “On a day when everyone gave their all, the try scoring efforts of Fraser Wilson were the icing on the cake.

“Next week we travel to Oakham to play Leicestershire in a winner takes all event.

“We will be looking to earn ourselves the trip to Twickenham for the final on Sunday, May 28.”

Team that faced Staffordshire

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