Slow start but Rockets respond to win final

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CRAMLINGTON Rockets open age team faced a stong Teesside Bulls at a rain soaked Helford Road, Peterlee, and took the North East Regional Grand Final title.

In a tense and enthralling encounter, tries from Daniel Capross, Jordan Robinson, Harry Thorpe and Myles Hudson and three successful conversions from Tommy Williams saw off a spirited performance from The Bulls who led 8-4 at half time.

With early tries from Chris Hodgson and John Morgan and a late consolation try from Gareth Lodge, Teesside Bulls kept a large vocal crowd on tenterhooks until the final whistle; the game ending 22-14 in favour of Cramlington Rockets.

Cramlington Rockets’ Matthew Dawson was awarded Man of the Match by ex-Gateshead Thunder player Robin Peers.

Cramlington Rockets club chairman Steve Beaty said: “I am so proud of the players not just the 17 that played tonight but everyone that played throughout the season to get us here.

“Teesside pushed us all the way and it was a great advertisement for rugby league; we now start planning for next season for life in the North East Premier League and a new regional side.

“The future’s bright, the future’s orange and black.”

Teesside Bulls chairman Dave King said: “We have had a great season and loved every minute of it.

“We now have a squad of 35 players from a zero start and are looking forward to developing the club further next season.

“I would like to say a huge thanks to Guisborough Rugby Union Club for all their help and support along with our sponsors and we look forward to a long term partnership showing rugby league and union can work together with a common goal.”

For more information on Open Age Rugby League go to www.northeastrl.co.uk