Cramlington Rockets picked up their second ever senior cup win after being victorious in the North east Men’s Plate Final.
With an average age of only 19, the Rockets match day squad sported 14 players who had come through the youth system, including current England Youth international Jake Woods.
With the North East Finals Day being held at Cramlington Sporting Club for the first time and with only one previous cup win at adult level in the club’s 14 year history, the Rockets were keen to make home advantage count on such a prestigious day.
Captained by England Student’s Daniel Caparros-Midwood, the Rockets’ tormented North Yorkshire Wildcats in the final, with stand-off Chris Griffiths helping himself to four tries while hooker Wayne Dannatt earned himself the man of the match award with a five-try haul.
The Rockets scored six unanswered tries within the first 20 minutes, and ran in a total of 19 in the 80 minutes to secure a 100-0 win, with the pick of the bunch a 100m effort from prop Jordan Robinson.
Coach Steven Beaty said: “I’m made up for the lads.
“The scoreline may look a bit one-sided but the Wildcats came here looking to win. The difference between the sides was that we showed how ruthless we can be, something we have been building towards in recent games.
“As a coach though, the most satisfying thing is to see so many ex-juniors in the squad. It shows what great work goes on in the junior section and for to have created a conveyor belt of such quality players is a massive achievement for the club.
“My challenge to this group now is to maintain today’s standard against tougher opposition in the future. If we can do that, and keep adding to the team with the young lads coming through, we’ll be a strong force within the north east.”
Beaty added: “We would also like to say a massive thank you to the Cramlington Sporting Club. To be able to host such a prestigious day at such amazing facilities has been a dream come true for the club.”
In the day’s other game, Gateshead Storm overcame Darlington 68-0 in the Cup Final.