DARLINGTON Mowden Park were among the teams to beat the snow on Saturday, and it was worth their while, writes MARK SMITH.
Running in ten tries in a 69-5 National Two North demolition of Huddersfield, they had the four-try bonus point after half-an-hour as winger Chris McTurk raced in for an early hat-trick.
Continuing the blitz thereafter there was no let-up in pace, further tries from Henry Robinson, Zylon McGaffin, Cameron Mitchell, Craig Diminick, Ralph Appleby, Daniel Dixon and Luke Wishnowsky adding to the tally. Three Ashley Smith penalties kicked Percy Park to a losing bonus point in National Three North as they fell 15-9 at home to Birkenhead Park, West Hartlepool remaining rock bottom following their 35-5 defeat by Burnage.
Billingham were 21-19 winners at Lymm, while in North One East tries from Matty Dawson, Tom Wilkinson and James Phillips handed them a 34-0 home victory over Darlington.
Alnwick went 12 points clear in Durham and Northumberland One after beating Acklam 19-5, leaders Bishop Auckland drawing 22-22 with Ashington in Division Two.
A busy weekend of international action saw England Women’s domination of the Six Nations take a major dent as they were beaten 30-20 by France at Twickenham, Newcastle’s Sarah Hunter skippering a squad also containing South Shields’ Katy McLean (pictured right).
Newcastle Falcons prop Scott Wilson played the final quarter of England under-20s’ 40-10 win over France in Worcester on Saturday, club-mate George McGuigan part of the Ireland under-20s side beaten 21-20 by Scotland in Galashiels the day before.
Tynedale’s David Dickinson, plus the Blaydon trio of Chris Wearmouth, Matt Hall and Robbie Kalbraier, helped England Counties beat the French Federale XV 27-7 in Ealing. Durham University quartet Josh Beaumont, Simon Hammersley, Harrison Collins and Josh Bayford, meanwhile, were all part of the England Students side beaten 22-18 by their French counterparts.
Beaumont said: “The French are always physical and they were no different.
“They were very strong at the set piece and competed well at the breakdown.
“I thought we were the better side for large parts of the match, but in the end mistakes cost us.”