TEAM NORTHUMBRIA 0 – 95 PERCY PARK
In a howling gale and on a fast firm surface, Park inflicted a record defeat against Team Northumbria, and in doing so also scored their highest points tally in a game since league rugby began. The visitors played into the wind in the first half, and inside 5 minutes Jack Davidson had scored the first of Park’s 15 tries. Percy Park’s strong pack put the students under pressure on their own scrummage with Park’s open side pouncing on a loose ball and surging to the try line. Simon Greatham kicked the conversion.
From the restart Park were on the attack again and a powerful run by man of the match Joe Wafer saw the young prop break through several tackles before offloading to fellow front rower Allan Blakey who was stopped just short of the try line. The recycled ball found Greg Dixon who crossed the line, and again Simon Greatham converted to take the score to 0 – 14.
Percy Park were playing a fast open game with both backs and forwards involved in most of the plays, and after several phases in the Team North half fly-half Thomas Turnbull dummied and went through a gap in the defence throwing out a wide pass to Howard Stock on the right wing who went over in the corner. The strong wind made kicking extremely difficult and Simon Greatham was unable to add the extra points.
The bonus point came on 23 minutes when Park were awarded a scrum on half way. Hamish Lockwood picked up at the base and fed scrum half John Scott who did well to hold on the pass. The ball went wide to Ali Blair on the left flank and the winger set off and then stepped inside the cover defence to score an unconverted try.
Northumbria were being totally starved off possession and Ash Smith made several inroads through the home defence, and on one occasion only a last ditch tackle five metres from the line kept the Park full back from scoring. Howard Stock then received the recycled ball and crossed the line, but the try was disallowed.