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2nd XV - Match centre

Novocastrians 2
Morpeth Reivers
M Stewart, B Merrett
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
S Stewart
Conversions
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S Stewart (2)
Penalties
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - CANDY League - Division 1 Full time

Morpeth beat the 2s as they fall apart in the last 10 minutes

Spirits were high- Brendan, despite having been promoted to the first team squad had still followed through on his promise to supply a crate of beer


Spirits were high- Brendan, despite having been promoted to the first team squad had still followed through on his promise to supply a crate of beer. As the team began to appear at the club house it was clear that there was a serious intent to beat Morpeth as over the past few seasons many players had been on the receiving end of a good ol’ fashioned ass whoopin’ at the hands of our northern neighbours. Shaun Stewart who has been at the club since the early seventies even proclaimed to have never beaten Morpeth.

The squad looked strong despite some last minute rearrangements that saw many players pilfered by the first team, Shaun Stewart was extremely bemused as to why he hadn’t been promoted. A fully committed warm up ensued with people charging around with good intent and even a ball being trialled at the back of the lineout (just once). Half way through the warm up Rich Harrison arrived looking rougher than a bag of smashed crabs muttering something about Shaun having forced 10 pints down his neck the night before- a chocolate bar later and all was forgotten. It later ensued that both Shaun and Rich had been doing the team a favour as they had been getting quite pissed with the match day referee the night before so as to ingratiate the team even further with the local refereeing society, exemplary team work

After much shouting and threats of death, the ever-youthful Ian Pratt marched his troops out to a gloriously sunny day at Sutherland Park. The first half started off well with Shaun Stewart knocking over a couple of scores and the highly impressive Mark Stewart touching down over their tryline for first blood to Novos. The defence was holding strong and being marshalled well by Rich Harrison. Alex Cokely put in a very tenacious shift on the flank, doing all the hard graft and perhaps not getting the reward he always deserved. In the open, Ben Merret was rolling back the years and skipping through tackles for fun whilst new lad Charlie Ward was punching holes through the opposition defensive line at will.

As the second half began the score was even and both sides were giving there all. Morpeth had more possession and their one out rugby was causing the Novos defence to tire. Yet another heroic performance from young heartthrob Cam Spencer at fullback saw him bravely tackle some of the big lumps steaming down on him and Michael Berret was bravely taking a battering from their back row. As the defence tired, substitutions were made, and it was at this point that the floodgates opened and Morpeth scored three quick tries taking the game away from Novos. It was heart-breaking to watch as the effort and will was clearly present but the fitness let the side down along with a slight breakdown in communication.

No one could be faulted for a lack of commitment on the day, it was a sterling effort from everyone involved. It is now time to knuckle down and try and develop some consistency within the team so we can head back up to Morpeth later in the season and beat them.

Report by Jack Salt two weeks late

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Mark Stewart

Player of the Match

Mark Stewart

Key moments

2:00
Penalty Shaun Stewart kicks a penalty for Novocastrians 2
17:00
Try Mark Stewart scores for Novocastrians 2
17:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
20:00
Try Try for Morpeth Reivers
20:00
Conversion Conversion for Morpeth Reivers
30:00
Penalty Shaun Stewart kicks a penalty for Novocastrians 2
35:00
Try Try for Morpeth Reivers
38:00
Try Ben Merrett scores for Novocastrians 2
65:00
Try Try for Morpeth Reivers
70:00
Try Try for Morpeth Reivers
72:00
Try Try for Morpeth Reivers
73:00
Try Try for Morpeth Reivers

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Mark Stewart is awarded player of the match for Novocastrians 2
73:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Morpeth Reivers
73:00 Try 18 - 32
Try for Morpeth Reivers
73:00 Sub On
Ben Merrett is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
73:00 Sub Off
Shaun Stewart is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
72:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Morpeth Reivers
72:00 Try 18 - 27
Try for Morpeth Reivers
70:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Morpeth Reivers
70:00 Try 18 - 22
Try for Morpeth Reivers
70:00 Sub Off
Angus Graham is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
70:00 Sub On
Christian Selkirk is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Sub Off
Ben Merrett is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Sub Off
Jack Salt is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Sub Off
Connor Capper is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Sub On
Jonathan Bulfin is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Sub On
Harry Taylor is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
68:00 Sub On
Dan Wright is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
65:00 Try 18 - 17
Try for Morpeth Reivers
65:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Morpeth Reivers
55:00 Sub Off
Jamie Humble is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
55:00 Sub On
Ricky Humble is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
55:00 Sub On
Tom Stubbs is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
55:00 Sub On
Sam Jermy is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
55:00 Sub Off
Charlie Ward is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
55:00 Sub Off
Alex Cokeley is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
40:00 Sub On
Shaun O'Connell is substituted on for Novocastrians 2
40:00 Sub Off
Christian Selkirk is substituted off for Novocastrians 2
End of period 1
38:00 Missed Conversion
Shaun Stewart misses a conversion for Novocastrians 2
38:00 Try Assist
Ian Pratt makes an assist for Novocastrians 2
38:00 Try 18 - 12
Ben Merrett scores for Novocastrians 2
35:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Morpeth Reivers
35:00 Try 13 - 12
Try for Morpeth Reivers
30:00 Penalty 13 - 7
Shaun Stewart kicks a penalty for Novocastrians 2
20:00 Conversion 10 - 2
Conversion for Morpeth Reivers
20:00 Try 10 - 7
Try for Morpeth Reivers
17:00 Try 10 - 0
Mark Stewart scores for Novocastrians 2
17:00 Try Assist
Rich Harrison makes an assist for Novocastrians 2
17:00 Conversion 5 - 0
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians 2
2:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Shaun Stewart kicks a penalty for Novocastrians 2
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Novocastrians 2
  • Morpeth Reivers
  • 0
  • Shaun Stewart Penalty 2:00'
  • Mark Stewart Try 17:00'
  • Rich Harrison Try Assist 17:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 17:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 20:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Penalty 30:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Ben Merrett Try 38:00'
  • Ian Pratt Try Assist 38:00'
  • Shaun O'Connell Sub On 40:00'
  • Christian Selkirk Sub Off 40:00'
  • Alex Cokeley Sub Off 55:00'
  • Charlie Ward Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jamie Humble Sub Off 55:00'
  • Sam Jermy Sub On 55:00'
  • Tom Stubbs Sub On 55:00'
  • Ricky Humble Sub On 55:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Jonathan Bulfin Sub On 68:00'
  • Dan Wright Sub On 68:00'
  • Harry Taylor Sub On 68:00'
  • Connor Capper Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ben Merrett Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jack Salt Sub Off 68:00'
  • Angus Graham Sub Off 70:00'
  • Christian Selkirk Sub On 70:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Try 72:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ben Merrett Sub On 73:00'
  • Try 73:00'

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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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