Durham County U18M narrowly miss out on their three from three record in final test against Yorkshire Rugby
Durham tally their first loss as Yorkshire serve up a 19-12 victory at West Hartlepool Rugby Club for the final game of the 2017/18 season in difficult conditions.
The first half, saw early pressure but, wasted chances by the hosts to give Yorkshire the upper hand which they executed with a 12 – 0 lead at the half time break.
In the second half, Durham began to play with tempo and scored a rewarding try through skipper, Alfie Lawson to trail 12 – 7 with a boot from Callum Piert.
Applying the pressure, Durham forced Yorkshire to show their strengths which was evidently, a strong defence.
Taking a turn in the wrong direction, Durham became subsequent to questionable decisions and more points on the board for the visitors.
In an attempt to change their own luck, Max Pepper took a quick penalty and scooped the ball out wide to Zac Ivey to score what was to be, a disallowed try in the corner.
Despite this Durham kept pressing and scored an unconverted try hrough, Harry Beadling.
For both sides, this meant an exciting last five mins on the clock with Durham pushing for the next score and Yorkshire battling for all their worth.
Even with Durham’s best efforts the visitors held out for the win.
Phil Lax, Durham County U18M Manager, said: “ It was an excellent, fast game played in a great spirit.
“Over all it has been a fantastic season, with the lads playing some outstanding rugby and they have been a pleasure to work with.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to our dedicated Coaching Team of Chris Webb, Dave Hill, Steve Passman & Iain Dixon who have been responsible for bringing the best out of the players as individuals and as a team.
“Well done Lads we are all very proud of how well you have represented Durham County.”
Durham County U18M end their 2017/2018 campaign with two from three victories, 102 points scored, 44 points scored against and another year as winners of the Watt Davy Cup.