NORTH 1 EAST
PERCY PARK 59 – 20 NORTHERN
Eight tries to three and a flawless kicking display by Ashley Smith were the stats of a game in which Park led from start to finish. Percy Park hadn’t played Northern since the 2011/12 season and then Park won both home and away. The visitors were on a roll however with 4 consecutive league wins after an indifferent start, but from the third minute of the game the home side showed their intentions with a Josh Hedley try. Park’s giant lock battered his way over the line from a ruck 5 metres out after Northern had stolen a line out but were unable to secure scrappy ball. Ash Smith kicked the first of his eight conversions for a 7 – 0 lead.
Northern hit back on 9 minutes after a well worked try, with left wing Graham Jardine coming into the line after a missed pass and quick hands to right wing saw Matt Brown go over in the corner for an unconverted score.
Both sides were keen to run the ball and when Ash Smith picked up a loose pass inside his own half and set Ali Blair away, the Park centre showed his pace and raced to the line to score under the posts. The conversion made the score-line 14 -5.