Bat­tered but not dis­graced

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

BLAYDON STOUR­BRIDGE 11 40

IT was a crush­ing de­feat for Blaydon, one which on pa­per should have been pre­dicted given Stour­bridge had won all six of their games, each time with a bonus point.

While the visi­tors, with their mas­sive weight ad­van­tage, de­served to win, for long pe­ri­ods it was Blaydon who looked the more likely to trou­ble the scor­ers.

With an av­er­age age of un­der 21, they threw cau­tion to the wind, at­tack­ing re­lent­lessly, only to come away empty-handed through their penchant for drop­ping the ball at a cru­cial time, or pass­ing it for­ward.

At the in­ter­val, it was 8-14 to the visi­tors thanks to a penalty try and even af­ter Dan Run­dle had se­cured a third try for them, it was all Blaydon and it was not be­yond the realms of pos­si­bil­ity that they could go on to win.

But Stour­bridge broke out to score again through Nick David, and that was the end of the Blaydon chal­lenge. By now a weary home side were cut down by break­away tries from Sam Wilkes and Afeafe Haisila.

Joe Why­man had opened the scor­ing with a penalty and af­ter a Joe Heat­ley try for the visi­tors when a Blaydon for­ward had thrown out a dis­as­trous long pass, the home side stormed into the 22. Stour­bridge even­tu­ally cleared but Keith Laugh­lin charged it down and Nathan Bai­ley raced through to score.

With tBlay­don de­servedly ahead 8-7, Rob Len­deryou was yel­low carded for per­sis­tent offside and when the scrum went down, a penalty try was awarded and the tide was turned.

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