Durham 20 Morpeth 15 North One East
MORPETH made the short trip to Durham City in an attempt to halt a run of poor form, but could only manage a bonus-point defeat, writes Tom Green.
Their game plan was disrupted prior to kick-off when James Slater pulled a hamstring, with Ben Hornby moving up to the centre role.
This was a match that the Mitford Road side could have won but ultimately did not deserve to, particularly in the first half when they were forced to defend for long periods.
Durham took the lead with an early try, however, almost with the visitors’ first attacking passage of play, Allen came off the wing from a set move and forced his way over for an excellent score, from which Jinks made the conversion.
This was the high point from a Morpeth perspective in the first half, as Durham were well worth their 15-5 lead after scoring a converted try and penalty.
The second half started with some good Morpeth pressure but on their first visit into the away side’s half, Durham increased their lead when their number eight crashed over in the corner – adding another try to the one he scored in the first half.
With Morpeth opting to kick for attacking line-outs rather than penalties, Durham defended well, but the pressure eventually told with a Simms try out wide.
Jinks missed the conversion but he secured a bonus point for the away side with a penalty in the last minute.