UBS Candy League 1
Morpeth Reivers 12 – 22 Percy Park Lions
A late Park try by Kieran Sutherland killed off any chance of a Reivers win after the Morpeth side had come back from 17 – 0 down in the first half. Park travelled up the A1 M to play the reverse fixture against the Reivers having won comfortably earlier in the season at Preston Avenue by 55 – 7. The game was played “over the road” with Morpeth quite rightly looking after their 1st XV pitch after a bout of heavy rain and over night frost. On the day the pitch held up, but was heavy going for both sides making running rugby an impossibility.
Morpeth kicked off with the slope and sun at their backs, but it was Percy Park that made the early running with the evergreen Davy Kay opening the scoring after sneaking through a pile of bodies in a ruck close to the Morpeth line. Paul Spowart kicked the conversion to give his side the 7 – 0 lead.
Park went further ahead as lock Austin Phillips barged his way across the whitewash although this time the conversion was pushed in front of the face of the posts and wide.