New­cas­tle E ..26 Tata Steel ...... 28

The Rugby Paper - - British Rugby -

TATA STEEL held on to beat New­cas­tle Em­lyn at Dol Wiber and leapfrog Bed­dau into third place in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Tata needed a bonus­point win to go ahead of Bed­dau and they did just that with No.8 Matthew Llewellyn scor­ing a pair of tries.

Em­lyn re­mained firm at the end and scored late through Osian Davies to bag a los­ing bonus point, although the missed con­ver­sion skew­ing their chances of a draw.

Af­ter a cagey start the hosts went ahead through a Shaun Leonard try on 30 min­utes. They had looked set to lead at the break but Tata – who beat Em­lyn 52-19 on Oc­to­ber 22 – levelled through Llewe­lyn’s first score.

And af­ter the in­ter­val Tata ex­tended their lead to 21-7 af­ter scrum-half Ross Par­sons and Llewellyn crossed.

They went fur­ther ahead through An­drew Spowart, but Em­lyn came back with Bryn­mawr Jones and Barry Thomas cross­ing be­fore Davies’ late score gave them a los­ing bonus point as a con­so­la­tion.

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