Darlington Mowden Park right in the promotion race

Darlington Mowden Park leapfrogged Stourbridge into second place after hammering their National Two North promotion rivals 38-8

Rugby action
Rugby action

Darlington Mowden Park leapfrogged Stourbridge into second place after hammering their National Two North promotion rivals 38-8.

With the biggest dedicated club rugby ground in England and increasingly a team to match their surroundings, the Mowden men simply shredded their Midland visitors in an all-round display of power and precision. Rampant in the scrum, energetic in defence and looking to attack from every angle, they led as early as the third minute when flanker Liam Riley rounded off a multi-phase move in the left corner.

Hooker Ross Doneghan collected an offload for number two, and they led 23-8 at the break when Tongan lock Talite Vaioleti, on his home debut, created the ruck from which scrum-half AJ Smith sniped over.

Absorbing a spell of Stourbridge pressure after the break, the hosts had their four-try bonus point on the hour mark when centre Cameron Mitchell hit a superb line to power over, Max Connon and Raplh Appleby adding further scores in a game only blighted by a trio of serious-looking injuries.

Tynedale grabbed a valuable 40-29 victory over National One relegation rivals Hull Ionians, Newcastle Falcons flanker Andy Saull scoring the first of their six tries from a driving maul, Sep Visser and Chris Harris firing them into a healthy half-time lead before Craig Illingworth secured the bonus point on 52 minutes. Visser and Matty Outson added further tries, the result pulling Tynedale nine points clear of the bottom.

Blaydon’s unbeaten streak now stands at nine games, although a late try denied them victory as Blackheath salvaged a 20-20 draw in London.

Tries from Sean Brown, Tommy Banks and Jason Smithson had them 17-10 up, Geoffrey Griffiths’ injury time try drawing the sides level.

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