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2nd XV - Match centre

Northern Wanderers
Novocastrians 2
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Full time
J Bass, B Kelly, W Nichols, I Pratt, B White, C Spencer
Unknown, Unknown
S Stewart (4)
S Stewart
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - CANDY League - Division 1

No stopping Claudio Bowden's men in 6 try win!

Claudio Bowden and Ian Pratt mastermind a third win on the trot in local derby.

The 2nd XV travelled the short distance to McCracken Park on Saturday, buoyed after winning their 2 previous fixtures. A strong squad was assembled by Gareth ‘Claudio’ Bowden and words of wisdom were endowed upon the squad via a rather ‘tasty’ pre match text message from skipper, Ian Pratt; decorum prohibits the words being shared in this match report.

Novos started the game in rip roaring fashion and kept the ball in Northern’s half for most of the early exchanges. After only 8 minutes, Novos were in front when James Bass dotted down out wide after Selkirk put him on his way, faster than you could say “Did you know that I played prop last week?” Ben Melrose took an unfortunate knock early in the 1st half and was replaced by Nicholls after only 18 minutes. Novos were controlling the game in every facet by this stage and after a long time spent in Northern’s 22, Shaun Stewart kicked over a simple penalty to increase the lead to 8-0.

Ben Kelly raced in for Novos’ second try of the afternoon after some wonderful offloading play saw Novos keep the ball alive. Stewart converted from the touchline and shouted ‘I told you I’d get the bad kicks out of the way before the game!’. Shaun unfortunately forgetting, he had in fact missed the first conversion of the game that had preceded this one.

10 minutes before half time saw Novos score their third of the afternoon when Nichols was put into space and placed the ball down under the posts for Stewart to convert. (Two out of three isn’t bad Shaun. Make sure you get ALL of the bad kicks out of the way next week!).
Half time and Novos were sitting pretty for the lead at 22-0. Wise words of wisdom from Merrett, Bowden and Pratt in the team huddle. The next score was vital. Novos responded immediately the ball was spread wide from Harrison, to Ward to Harrap. Novos somehow managed to win the ruck and skipper Ian Pratt strolled in from 20 yards beating 5 Northern defenders in the process after picking up the loose ball for a try that will surely go down as the slowest line break in history. Stewart again converted score 0-29 (3 out of 4 for him. If only he had kept practicing before kick off…). Novos were in total control, however the referee deemed to Novos to infringe five times I our 22 in as many minutes. Ben Merrett managed to get a sin binning for being in two places at the same time. His fine as yet, is to be paid.

With the benefit of an extra man, Northern ran in their first try of the afternoon to make the score 5-29. Novos hit back 7 minutes later when a lineout in Northern’s 22 was caught by Ward and driven over the line in the 65th minute. Ben White touching down on his debut. Stewart back on form, conversion missed. 34-5.

Novos certainly saved the best until last however. Harrison marshalled a perfect forwards play off the fly half - Ward broke through the defensive line and offloaded to James Bass, circumventing around the Northern defence before putting in Cameron Spencer for a wonderful team try. Stewart converted 41-5. Unfortunately, the last 15 minutes saw Northern camped in the Novos half and they managed to score two late tries which slightly flattered them. However, they stuck at it for the whole game and it was a very competitive match. Final score Northern 2’s 19-41 Novos 2’s. The mighty 2nd XV have league free weekend next up, however a game against Newcastle University is sure to be one to watch on the pitch and in the bar after!

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Chris Ward

Player of the Match

Chris Ward
Rich Harrison

Player of the Match

Rich Harrison

Key moments

8:00
Try James Bass scores for Novocastrians 2
20:00
Penalty Shaun Stewart kicks a penalty for Novocastrians 2
27:00
Try Ben Kelly scores for Novocastrians 2
27:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
29:00
Try Will Nichols scores for Novocastrians 2
29:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
41:00
Try Ian Pratt scores for Novocastrians 2
41:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
58:00
Try Try for Northern Wanderers
65:00
Try Ben White scores for Novocastrians 2
68:00
Try Cameron Spencer scores for Novocastrians 2
68:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
77:00
Try Try for Northern Wanderers
77:00
Conversion Conversion for Northern Wanderers
80:00
Try Try for Northern Wanderers
80:00
Conversion Conversion for Northern Wanderers

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 19 - 41
Conversion for Northern Wanderers
80:00 Try 17 - 41
Try for Northern Wanderers
80:00 Player of the Match
Rich Harrison is awarded player of the match for Novocastrians 2
80:00 Player of the Match
Chris Ward is awarded player of the match for Novocastrians 2
77:00 Conversion 12 - 41
Conversion for Northern Wanderers
77:00 Try 10 - 41
Try for Northern Wanderers
70:00 Sub Off
James Bass is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
70:00 Sub On
Christian Selkirk is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
70:00 Sub Off
Alex Milton is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
70:00 Sub On
Angus Graham is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Try 5 - 41
Cameron Spencer scores for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Conversion 5 - 36
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Try Assist
James Bass makes an assist for Novocastrians 2
65:00 Missed Conversion
Shaun Stewart misses a conversion for Novocastrians 2
65:00 Try 5 - 34
Ben White scores for Novocastrians 2
62:00 Sub On
Will Davies is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
62:00 Sub Off
Ben Merrett is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
58:00 Try 5 - 29
Try for Northern Wanderers
53:00 Sub Off
Angus Graham is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
53:00 Sub Off
Stephen Hughes-Narborough is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
53:00 Sub Off
Nathan Harrap is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
53:00 Sub On
Sam Jermy is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
53:00 Sub On
Ben White is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
53:00 Sub On
Nick Wilson is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
52:00 Yellow Card
Ben Merrett is yellow carded for Novocastrians 2
41:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
41:00 Try 0 - 27
Ian Pratt scores for Novocastrians 2
End of period 1
29:00 Try Assist
Stephen Hughes-Narborough makes an assist for Novocastrians 2
29:00 Try 0 - 20
Will Nichols scores for Novocastrians 2
29:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
28:00 Sub On
Kieran O'Donoghue is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
28:00 Sub Off
Christian Selkirk is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
27:00 Try 0 - 13
Ben Kelly scores for Novocastrians 2
27:00 Try Assist
Rich Harrison makes an assist for Novocastrians 2
27:00 Conversion 0 - 15
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
20:00 Penalty 0 - 8
Shaun Stewart kicks a penalty for Novocastrians 2
18:00 Sub Off
Ben Melrose is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
18:00 Sub On
Will Nichols is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
8:00 Try 0 - 5
James Bass scores for Novocastrians 2
8:00 Try Assist
Christian Selkirk makes an assist for Novocastrians 2
8:00 Missed Conversion
Shaun Stewart misses a conversion for Novocastrians 2
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Northern Wanderers
  • Novocastrians 2
  • 0
  • James Bass Try 8:00'
  • Christian Selkirk Try Assist 8:00'
  • Ben Melrose Sub Off 18:00'
  • Will Nichols Sub On 18:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Penalty 20:00'
  • Ben Kelly Try 27:00'
  • Rich Harrison Try Assist 27:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 27:00'
  • Christian Selkirk Sub Off 28:00'
  • Kieran O'Donoghue Sub On 28:00'
  • Will Nichols Try 29:00'
  • Stephen Hughes-Narborough Try Assist 29:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 29:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 41:00'
  • Ian Pratt Try 41:00'
  • Ben Merrett Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Stephen Hughes-Narborough Sub Off 53:00'
  • Angus Graham Sub Off 53:00'
  • Nathan Harrap Sub Off 53:00'
  • Sam Jermy Sub On 53:00'
  • Ben White Sub On 53:00'
  • Nick Wilson Sub On 53:00'
  • Try 58:00'
  • Ben Merrett Sub Off 62:00'
  • Will Davies Sub On 62:00'
  • Ben White Try 65:00'
  • Cameron Spencer Try 68:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 68:00'
  • James Bass Try Assist 68:00'
  • Alex Milton Sub Off 70:00'
  • James Bass Sub Off 70:00'
  • Christian Selkirk Sub On 70:00'
  • Angus Graham Sub On 70:00'
  • Try 77:00'
  • Conversion 77:00'
  • Try 80:00'
  • Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Middlesbrough Wasps 15 36
2. Novocastrians 2 15 36
3. Tynedale Raiders 7 20
4. Billingham Lions 9 20
5. Blaydon Georgians 4 16
6. Darlington Mowden Park 2 3 12
7. Morpeth Reivers 5 12

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