NORTH 1 EAST
PERCY PARK 44 – 20 DURHAM CITY
After an opening day defeat at Penrith RFC, Percy Park were looking to bounce back straight away at home against recently promoted Durham City. City had picked up a couple of points from their first game of the season drawing 17 all with another recently promoted team Bradford and Bingley.
Park made three changes to the team that travelled to Penrith, in the forwards Ethan Wilson came in for the departing Joey Clarke who impressed in pre-season but is unfortunately off to university, while in the backs Park welcomed back John Scott at scrum half who missed last week’s trip due to losing a front tooth, Alex Tilley moved up from full back to inside centre to replace Sam Jobson and Lome Faatau made his first start of the season at full back.
On a perfect day for rugby it was Park who kicked off with no wind to speak of. Two quick penalty’s took City from their own 22 into the home sides half, after several phases another penalty allowed City to take their first shot at goal which they converted to take them into a early 0-3 lead.