Wharfedale put to the sword by Tynedale

BATTLE OF DALES: Dan Solomi in possession for the Greens in their bad defeat

BATTLE OF DALES: Dan Solomi in possession for the Greens in their bad defeat

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Wharfedale 15 Tynedale 34

Wharfedale’s erratic season continued when, having knocked Rosslyn Park off the top in their last home game, they were beaten by a side who had previously not won on their travels.

Having dominated the first half, Tynedale reached the break a staggering 27-0 ahead, with a bonus point already secured.

Greens supporters watched in disbelief as Tyne ripped the Wharfedale defence apart for tries from winger Andrew Moralee, full back Chris Harris and a brace from the outstanding other wing, Hamish Smales.

Stand-off Matthew Outson booted the additional seven points. The Greens had not mounted a single serious attack.

The hosts improved after the break as tries on behalf of the pack from Steve Graham and then his substitute at hooker, Ian Larkin, roused the home crowd for the first time.

But there was never a realistic chance of overhauling opponents now brimming with confidence.

The Greens mounted a belated search for a bonus point, at last matching Tyne for ambition, and centre Joe Donkin scored a fine try but it was too little, too late.

Substitute back Alex Fieldhouse added a fifth try for the visitors, converted from the touchline by Outson, to ensure a margin of victory fairly reflecting Tynedale’s overall control.

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