Blues 24-60 Tynedale

Macclesfield hosted Tynedale at Priory Park on Saturday as they continued their search for their first win of the season.

The Blues started the brighter of the two sides and were rewarded for this on the score board. Firstly, with a penalty from Tom Eaton and then a try from Matt King put The Blues 10-0 up. The try was a result of a fantastic line break from Phil Williams which then gave the backs quick ball and an overlap which King took full advantage of to get his fourth try of the season.

Macc then allowed the visitors back into the game and Tynedale were more than happy to accept this gift, they scored three tries in ten minutes with scores from Charters, Connon, and Frankland with the first of his five try haul which meant Tynedale were 10-21 up after 25 minutes.

The Blues then regained some control of the match and looked very dangerous in the opposition half. The away side could only withstand the pressure for so long and then hooker, Sam Moss bundled himself over the line to get The Blues back in the game, Eaton’s conversion meant the Blues trailed were just four points behind with a minute of the first half to play.

Tynedale then restored their lead going into half time as they retained the ball form the kick off and took advantage of poor Macclesfield discipline and kicked to the corner. The visitors had a very strong set piece and showed it from the line out as the whole pack crashed over the line, 17-26.

The Blues went in at half time very much still in the game and could even feel aggrieved to be as far behind as they were after playing some fantastic rugby of their own.

Soon after half time, Tynedale set the tone for the second half as Frankland grabbed his second of the match and coasted through The Blues defence, as he reaped the benefits of the hard working pack in front of him.

Ten minutes later, another catch and drive line out was the downfall of The Blues as the visitors piled in a only stopped over the whitewash, meaning that Frankland completed his hat trick.

On 60 minutes, Tynedale added another try, this time winger Visser grabbed the first of his second half brace to make it 17-43.  

Frankland then added his fourth try, he found himself on the receiving end of an audacious chip from blindside flanker Temm and galloped through the on looking Macclesfield defence.

On 70mins Visser completed his brace and shortly after Frankland completed his five try haul leaving the score at 17-60 with not long left on the scoreboard.

The Blues grabbed a late consolation through Matt O’Regan after great work from Rhodri Mayor. 

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