Georgians schooled by a very good Tynedale side
It was a long way to travel to end up with no points ! but in truth Tynedale on the day deserved the victory in a game that was in large parts a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.
Dale were fast out of the blocks, looked like we were still on the bus as a lost ball was pounced upon and swift hands led to an opening try in the first minutes.
A number of passages of play then took part in centerfield with the sides cancelling eachother out until three outstanding offloads created the space for the dale centre to cut inside a couple of weak tackles and score under the posts.
Although the set piece was rock solid Tynedale were bossing the breakdown and forced a number of turnovers and penalties at crucial times that kept their momentum. A move from a lineout on the 10m line saw waves of attacks that ended with Euan suffering a knock to the head and no further part in the game, whilst we were down to 14 Dale scored their third try. Euan's departure needed a reshuffle with Ninja coming on and Jack K going into centre.
A sustained period of Georgian attacks were thwarted (looked like Blandy had scored but ended up being penalised and the pressure relieved).
Breakdown aside the packs were well matched generally and good strong carries from Matt Harris, Spud & Liam kept the Tynedale defence on its toes.
A speculative clearing punt downfield by the Tynedale fly half seemed well covered by Sam Tunnicliffe who was covering back at speed only for his hamstring to go mid chase which caused more reshuffling and forwards having to join the backline as we had no more back subs.
After half time worse was to follow when Noel Minikin also left the field with a twisted knee (almost time for the managers and physios to get strapped in !)
With so many disruptions though injury and against a strong Tynedale side that featured a number of returning 1XV players from injury it was a day when staying in system was a challenge and as we lost shape they profited, playing some good cohesive and dynamic rugby.
Not all doom and gloom but a lesson learnt and a bit of an eye opener for some of the younger players in the squad.
We will be back stronger as a result.
Finally hats off to Liam - working in Nottingham in the morning set off only to have his car break down - headed back to Nottingham and borrowed a car to drive to Corbridge in 2.5 hours to get there at 2.00pm - a 375 mile round trip, not many would show that sort of commitment to play a 2XV game. It does however show the spirit in the squad.