Morpeth 56 Durham 0 North One East
MORPETH took the match by storm and recorded a resounding victory against a team which would have been the favourites.
In a significant week for the club with their trip to Loughborough and training session with the England team, which has rightly attracted excellent publicity, it was important that the team performed to their very best and this was exactly what took place on an afternoon made for good rugby.
It was a welcome return to first-team duties for club vice-captain Dave Lynn, who due to injury has been out all season, and Lynn made a significant impact with his direct running and hard tackling, not least in the chasing of kicks.
Yet it would be impossible to single out individual players. The whole team were magnificent, with new television personality and club skipper Joe Forsythe to the fore.
After 20 minutes, prop Campbell went over in the corner following increasing Morpeth pressure. Jinks did the necessary with an excellent conversion.
Menzies took it on, allowing Bell the opportunity to race over from 20 metres out.
A further score came when number eight Millar drove on and Lynn made further ground before Mooney crashed over thanks to excellent support. A Jinks penalty made the half-time score 20-0.
Then centre Cassie scored with a jinking run. A Jinks penalty after that try had been converted put Morpeth out of sight.
Yet more was to follow with a Phillips try after a break by Lynn before Jinks got on the scoresheet himself with another try and conversion. It eventually finished 56-0 to the Mitford Road outfit for an excellent victory.
The significant recycling of quick ball after forward impetus was the key to this victory, allied with patience and composure.
Match sponsor Handelsbanken presented the man-of-the-match award to number seven Gus Nelless.