Unfortunately Kingston Park, home of the Newcaslte Falcons, was unavailable for this years big North Eastern schoolboy derby, however the fixture schedulers quickly responded, moving the fixture back to Durham School.
Home advantage just paid off for Durham as they edged RGS Newcastle aside 25-24, as one of the RGS Newcastle insiders reports:
The conditions at Durham were very good for a flowing game of rugby, with just a little bit of grease on the ground. Durham started the strongest opening the scoring with a try in the first minute, after a strong scrum brought a scramble for the ball, which landed, in the arms of the Durham prop to flop over the try line.
RGS then came back but silly penalties gave Durham another chance for three points, which their kicker duly converted, making it 10-0.
Finally RGS kicked into gear and a flowing backs move followed by a cute Jamie Robson chip gained a penalty, which Ed Bilclough slotted. For the rest of the first half attacks ebbed and flowed, until Durham split the RGS midfield through a lack of communication and scored with the last play of the half, to give them a 17-3 lead.
In the second half RGS started much brighter, soon enough good forward play brought a penalty, which Bilclough put in the corner. A great driving maul set up an opportunity to score and Alex Dixon gobbled up the opportunity, driving over to bring RGS up to seven points behind.
Durham then took the chance for 3 points in the middle of the field, making the score 10-20.
After this RGS found a chink in Durhamâ€™s defence, chipping over for the great pace of Mike McArdle to score with 10 minutes to go. Soon after a sin binning for Bruno Smith of RGS seemed to put an end to the RGS fight back as Durham scored straight after, 17-25.
However, the spirit of RGS brought one last fight back, and with a stolen scrum in the Durham 22 Joe Young burned past the defence to score his fourth of the season and Bilclough slotted a great conversion to finish a great game.
Final Score: Durham 25-24 RGS Newcastle
RGS Newcastle Scorers:
Pen – Eddy Bilclough (10); Try- Alex Dixon (Prop); Con-Eddy Bilclough; Try-Mike McArdle (Wing); Con-Eddy Bilclough; Try-Joe Young (7 playing centre at present); Con-Eddy Bilclough.