A thrilling afternoon of champagne rugby

Morpeth's David Lynn searching for a try. Picture by Lisa Watson.

Morpeth's David Lynn searching for a try. Picture by Lisa Watson.

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Morpeth 60 Ryton 8 Durham and Northumberland Division One

Morpeth recorded their most convincing victory of the league campaign on Saturday.

They scored ten tries against a Ryton side who never gave up, but it is fair to say that they are struggling so far this term.

It was backs and forwards combining with offloads and confidence that was the highlight of this bonus point performance. This fluidity continued throughout the 80 minutes, which set the scene on an autumnal afternoon at Mitford Road.

Morpeth immediately took the game to Ryton and in the first 40 minutes everyone contributed to a team effort, with plenty of incisive attacking moves that culminated in a total of six tries.

Karl Birch was on the mark with three conversions to make it 36-3 at half time.

The second half almost mirrored the first, with some champagne rugby entertaining the faithful supporters to make the final score 60-8 – Ryton scored a consolation try.

The tries were fairly evenly spread between forwards and backs with Matt Dawson, skipper Carl Hill (two), Alan Rogers, Marcus Ridley, Chase Evans (two), James Phillips and Jack Elliott all crossing the whitewash.

Phillips kicked over two conversions in the second half.

Morpeth are away to Stockton on Saturday.

The Edwardians lost 20-12 away to Ryton II. Craig Shaw scored two tries for the Morpeth side and Jamie Pemberton successfully kicked over a conversion.

The Stags lost a thrilling game at Northern III. The final score was 47-43.

Adrian Jonas scored three tries, Jonny Lishman touched down twice and there was a try apiece for Terry Hewitt and Mark Davidson. Hewitt also kicked over four conversions.

From this Saturday, all home Saturday games for all the senior sides, including the Colts, will kick-off at 2pm.