Dutch tour ends with a fantastic display

MORPETH Rugby Club’s U14 side produced one of the performances of the season to crown a successful first overseas tour during the Easter holidays.

A 12-12 draw against Amsterdam’s Rugby Club Hilversum, one of the strongest teams in the burgeoning Dutch rugby league, was the playing highlight of a fabulous four-day trip for the Mitford Road youngsters.

Despite coming up against a team which included some players who were two years older, Morpeth never shirked in a bruising but entertaining encounter in the sunshine. The game saw a rare but well-taken try from flanker Lewis Nicholson followed by another from the ever-threatening centre George Devereux-Tinley, who weaved and dodged his way over to secure a superb solo effort.

Backs’ player-of-the-tour Sam Eyres added the extra two points with a conversion while Hilversum responded with a strong and committed second-half performance that saw them run in two tries and kick a conversion to secure a well-deserved draw.

The tour had kicked off the previous day when Morpeth were unlucky to go down 21-19 in the opening match to a big and strong Gouda youth team. Joe Turnbull scored two tries and Josh White got the other. Eyres converted two of the scores.