Northumberland’s Senior Men finish the Season with a Memorable Win

Satffordshire V Northumberland Bill Beaumont County Championship 2024

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After two tough games in the group, our final game was away to Staffordshire, which proved to be a huge test with their current form. Staffordshire beat Cumbria and were very narrowly beaten by a strong Cheshire side. If Staffordshire won this game, they would progress to the semi-final of the competition.

From the previous two games, the squad had clear work-ons that they could take into the Staffordshire game. Discipline and game management were key focuses for the group. This would allow us the opportunity to express our style of rugby.

North started the game with intent, this is something that we struggled with in the first two games. We scored three quality tries in the opening 20 minutes in an end-to-end game.

The last 10 minutes gave us a 31-19 lead at halftime due to some great kicking in play and forward dominance with a maul that drove over from the 22m on the last play of the half. A very positive start.

The group relished the opportunity ahead with two early scores in the second half. The second from Bunton was the score of the day with a fantastic bit of skill to finish off a great counterattack.

Staffordshire showed some incredible fight to score a number of points on the bounce to make it a thrilling finish. The North scrum held strong in the final plays of the game to secure a 53-48 win.

This was the first win since 2017 for the senior men and a fantastic way to finish the season on a high. We let Staffordshire down last season so to play away this year and put that performance in, it’s a great memory for the group.

It was also fantastic to see how diverse the county squad selected was this week. There were 10 clubs represented across the county in one squad with a number of boys receiving honours after the game.

Thank you to Staffordshire for the hospitality and a top-quality game of rugby.

Watch the full game via the video below. It’s definitely worth a watch!

We are eager to build on this success next season with a number of changes to the programme, it’s going to be an exciting future for Northumberland Rugby!

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