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First Blood 2003
Whitehaven 42 (12-0) 6 Gateshead
Many new faces in the Haven squad as visiting Gateshead bravely
failed to hold the home side.
Ginger haired Gary Broadbent was soon on the score sheet following
an opener from Graham Morton.
Newcomer John Lebbon was tireless in trying to exploit opening
and got his first Haven try in the second half.
Holt and Leroy Joe worked perfectly together and Mike Whitehead
was a real road runner bursting through on several occasions
to give Haven excellent yardage.
Holt proved as reliable as Steve Kirbride in slotting home the
conversions, even one way out on the wing after Lebbon's touchdown.
Marc Jackson acquited himself well in the second half. He scored
twice as did Lester and Leigh Smith. Howard Hill was chomping
at the bit for his share but didn't make it onto the scoresheet
All in all Haven showed that with a bit more gelling together
they have what it takes to take the cup. Official Man of the
Match was Deano, but several other contenders should have been
in the frame.
The only let down was allowing the late consolation try for Thunder.
TXU Energi Challenge Cup third
Cottingham Tigers dealt with
easily Haven running in 13 tries against the outclassed amateurs.Scrum-half
Darren Holt attacked more often than last week on his debut,
and scored an audacious try thanks to a spectacular side-step.
Centres David Seeds and Howard Hill both claimed hat-tricks,
while Graeme Morton was the pick of the forwards, scoring a try
and handing off several Tigers defenders on their backsides with
Haven: Broadbent, O'Neil, Seeds,
Hill, Smith, Joe, Holt, Vaughan, Lester, Fatialofa, McKinney,
Morton, Whitehead. Subs: Kiddie, Jackson, Sherwen, Miller
Tigers: Robinson, Barker, Benson, Mowforth, Adams, Craig, Jackson,
Ellis, Wilkinson, Herzberg, Musgrave, Anderson. Subs: Fry, Morris,
Attendance 1,001 Referee: Richard
Haven scorers - Tries: Hill
3, Seeds 3, Holt, McKinney, Smith, Sherwen, Miller, Fatialofa,
Kiddie Goals: Holt 5, O'Neil 2
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