Hull spoil Blay­don’s all-weather pitch party

Sunday Sun - - Rugby -

BLAY­DON HULL 24 26

THERE was a car­ni­val at­mos­phere at the Crow Trees ground yes­ter­day with the Mayor of Gateshead Coun­cil­lor Jill Green plus rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the RFU in at­ten­dance for the of­fi­cial launch of the new all-weather pitch.

But the party was spoiled by the ef­forts of a very de­ter­mined Hull side and Blay­don had to be con­tent with a cou­ple of bonus points.

Hull took an early two-try lead only to trail nar­rowly at the in­ter­val but then shocked the home side with an­other two tries and re­mained in con­trol un­til the end.

It never looked like be­ing Blay­don’s day and their 100% record dis­ap­peared un­der the weight of too many penal­ties con­ceded and too many passes go­ing to ground.

Hull scrum-half Har­vey Hard­ing nipped in to score the opener af­ter con­sid­er­able pres­sure on the Blay­don line which had re­sulted in a yel­low card for Dar­ren Fearn. Si­mon Hum­ber­stone failed to con­vert but was on tar­get when Hull hooker Mike Jobling touched down from an­other short scrum.

Blay­don fi­nally got go­ing on the half-hour and from a sec­ond tap penalty in the 22 Nathan Bai­ley crossed with Jamie Guy adding the points. Then with the in­ter­val beck­on­ing Jack Ap­ple­ton was held up short and Fearn was on hand to crash over.

De­spite hav­ing had just two mean­ing­ful at­tacks, Blay­don were 14-12 up at the break but there was to be a dra­matic turn­around early in the sec­ond half. Dan Mar­shall broke from de­fence at speed to re­lease Ap­ple­ton who twisted and turned his way to the line but some­how the ball went down, Hull hacked on and winger Mike Ad­lard went in un­op­posed at the other end.

Barely had the dust set­tled when their cen­tre, Alex Heard, went over un­op­posed down the other wing and with two con­ver­sions, it had now be­come 14-26.

Blay­don picked up the pace for Bai­ley to squeeze over for try num­ber three and Ap­ple­ton se­cured the bonus point af­ter a tremen­dous break by Harry Borth­wick but sig­nif­i­cantly nei­ther ef­fort was con­verted and the game was gone.

JOHN BRENNAN

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