Published on Monday, 13 November 2017 11:35
Written by Tom G
Park Lions 5 Blaydon Georgians 62
Pre Match Craic
- Injuries and unavailability’s meant Park unable to field a front row
- New look team including several returning faces
- A third of the squad made up of current Academy players.
- Tom G absent (report courtesy of Stu’s video analysis)
When you are beaten by a better side the best thing to do is reflect and try to learn from the experience. Park were well beaten by a bigger, stronger, better drilled Blaydon Georgians side but if Park can take anything away from this game it’s that they were the better side in the 1sthalf!
Starting brightly, with the wind at their backs, Park dominated the early exchanges, Ben C providing a solid lineout platform, the back row having the best of the breakdown and the backs defending and running hard.
An early break by fullback Ben A saw him round the defence and draw the cover, running out of space he placed a deft diagonal chip in for the winger to chase, caught by the wind the ball just rolled dead after an unlucky bounce.
Aggressive Park rucking was winning a number of penalties and with Cowell providing steady possession Park went close from three lineouts. Eventually the pressure told when from the base of a ruck Niall C forced his way over.
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