Middlesbrough 13 v Crusaders 13

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Saturday, 13th December.

Having done the double over ‘Boro last season, there was hopeful expectation that a similar feat might be on the cards this time round.  It was not to be though and in the end, despite a spirited performance, the league spoils had to be shared.  Given the circumstances that was probably a fair outcome.

The Crusaders started well enough in what was rapidly failing light, raising doubts that the game could be completed.  Generally, the visitors were the more dominant, the pack doing well to get a plentiful supply of the backs to work on.

Carlisle opened their account with a penalty from ‘Dodge’ (Matt Rogers) and it remained that way for much of the half until the hosts equalised before Dan Holmes went over for a try in the left hand corner.  It was too far for Rogers to add the conversion bonus.

Shortly before the break, young James Rocke went down with a neck injury that caused a considerable delay while he recveived medical attention before being taken by ambulance to the local casualty unit.

After the break Middlesbrough came more into the game and applied some early pressure and helped themselves to a brace of tries in the process.

The light was fading badly, and that despite floodlighting being put on to one side of the field only.  Credit to both sides they played on manfully  –  perhaps just as well, as it enabled the Crusaders to equalise when Gareth Wylie went over.

The referee blew for time shortly afterwards, a wise decision, otherwise there was always the possibility of misunderstandings on both sides that could have led to a variety of problems.

Gareth Wylie - snatched the equalising try.

Gareth Wylie - snatched the equalising try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Rogers - penalty

Matt Rogers - penalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Holmes - try

Dan Holmes - try