New­ton happy with mean streak as DMP vic­to­ri­ous

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By KEVIN ROBIN­SON

DAR­LING­TON Mow­den Park coach John New­ton praised his side’s ruth­less streak as they got the bet­ter of Cam­bridge.

DMP made it three vic­to­ries out of three as they scored six tries against visi­tors Cam­bridge, main­tain­ing their 100 per­cent record.

New­ton said: “Over­all I’m very pleased to record a win and a se­cond home win at that.

“The team need to be more pa­tient when in key at­tack­ing ar­eas and play the 80 min­utes out. Cam­bridge were strong in de­fence, but made er­rors and we were able to cap­i­talise on their mis­takes.”

On a dif­fi­cult day for han­dling, the in­evitable er­rors were ev­i­dent in an even first half, where visi­tors Cam­bridge stunned the crowd, scor­ing af­ter only two min­utes of play.

Af­ter a penalty was awarded, fly-half Jack Green kicked for the cor­ner and a catch-and­drive li­ne­out ef­fort saw Cam­bridge hooker Ean Grif­fiths force his way over.

The home side replied with a sim­i­lar catch-and­drive ef­fort from a penalty awarded against the visi­tors for off­side, but when stopped just short, the ball was spun out and home fly­half War­ren Seals ran through a gap in the Cam­bridge de­fence to level.

Cam­bridge were re­duced in num­ber when winger Michael Ayr­ton was sin-binned for tack­ling the home scrum-half Matt Dud­man whilst in the air.

Dar­ling­ton how­ever, were un­able to cap­i­talise on their ad­van­tage and it was Cam­bridge who man­aged to add to their to­tal and struck back when the home side in­fringed at the ruck, with Green edg­ing the visi­tors ahead with the penalty.

Just prior to the break,

Cam­bridge were pe­nalised on their 22-me­tre line and home cen­tre Ben Fran­k­land took a quick tap, feed­ing full-back Grant Con­non whose pace took him through the mid­dle of the Cam­bridge de­fence for a score un­der the posts, eas­ily con­verted by Seals.

Cam­bridge were well in the game at that time and prob­a­bly un­lucky with that sin­gle lapse of con­cen­tra­tion to go be­hind at the in­ter­val.

A com­bi­na­tion of progress from home prop Jack Payne and some good sup­port work from Si­mon Uzokwe, saw the flanker storm in for a try, which was con­verted by Seals.

Cam­bridge were ham­pered by un­forced er­rors and wrong kick­ing op­tions, but did man­age to record a penalty from Green.

In the last quar­ter, Dar­ling­ton ran away with the game scor­ing three tries, one of which was con­verted by Seals.

Flanker Uzokwe com- pleted his dou­ble breach­ing the visit­ing de­fence with a pow­er­ful run.

The visi­tors’ con­so­la­tion try came af­ter good work from winger Ayr­ton to make up for his ear­lier trans­gres­sion.

Cam­bridge di­rec­tor of rugby Ross Ste­wart said: “Dar­ling­ton took their op­por­tu­ni­ties and de­served their win. We were well in the game at half-time, but those mis­takes cost us dear. We will learn from them and move on.”

Arm wres­tle: Louis Rawl­ings of Cam­bridge is held by Chris Auld and War­ren Seals

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