Poor first half show from Blyth Under-17s

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IN what was a glorious Sunday for rugby unfortunately Blyth Under-17s were asleep for most of the first half of their game against Keswick.

The visitors were a well drilled side and took control of the game quickly, starting with an uncoverted try in the corner.

That was quickly resolved when they ran in a second try, which was converted for a 12-0 lead.

Blyth’s Devon Rees had to leave the field to have a cut on the ear repaired with Liam Oates providing cover.

But in the meantime Keswick continued to attack and scored three more converted tries.

Just before half-time Dan Mackenzie went off with what looked like a broken collar bone as the visitors led 33-0 at the break.

After the turnaround Blyth appeared to wake up and the match turned out to be more even.

Blyth scored first with a try by Jonathan Grey, then after both sides had chances it was Keswick who scored twice, with the extra points added.

Blyth battled on and a well worked try was the reward, scored by Sean Dowling.

Man of the match Rees ended the game with a hospital trip to get the cut on the ear looked at.

Blyth Under-17s now have a couple of weeks off to regroup before there next game.

On Sunday Blyth youth rugby will have some Newcastle Falcons players at the ground as guests.