Blyth run in three tries to see off Whitley Bay Rockcliff

A ruck during Blyth's game with Rockcliff. Picture by Colin Edwards
A ruck during Blyth's game with Rockcliff. Picture by Colin Edwards

Blyth entertained near neighbours Whitley Bay Rockcliff on Saturday and they crossed the whitewash three times to run out 22-17 winners.

The home side started well and in the first few minutes took the lead from a catch and drive lineout which was stopped just short of the line, but the ball was recycled out to the backs for Langdon to crash over, with Oniel adding the conversion.

A Blyth player makes a superb tackle to stop Rockcliff. Picture by Colin Edwards

A Blyth player makes a superb tackle to stop Rockcliff. Picture by Colin Edwards

The visitors were then awarded a couple of penalties but missed both.

When Rockcliff won a third penalty they opted for a scrum, but the Blyth pack heaved them off their own ball and cleared the line.

Blyth almost scored again with a fine break by Oniel, but the final pass went astray.

Rockcliff reduced the arrears with a forward drive resulting in an unconverted try before an Oniel penalty stretched Blyth’s lead to 10-5.

The visitors equalised with another unconverted try in the corner, again through their forwards.

But Blyth regained the lead with good scrum ball given to Oniel to carve his way through the defence for the second try, which he converted.

Blyth added a third try by Grey to lead 22-10 going into the final minutes, which looked to have sealed the result, but Rockcliff had the last say by scoring again to get within seven points to gain a losing bonus point

Next week Blyth visit Wallsend​, kick-off ​3pm​.