Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rugby Union: Rugby Shorts; PETER GRIFFITHS Throws the Spotlight on the Local Rugby Scene

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rugby Union: Rugby Shorts; PETER GRIFFITHS Throws the Spotlight on the Local Rugby Scene

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Byline: PETER GRIFFITHS

WITH the first half of the season more or less over, congratulations go to Boro's Simon O'Farrell who was seventh top scorer in North One with 72 points ahead of Saturday's games.

He is also fifth top kicker.

Matthew Wright - with six tries to his name - is sixth in the statistics table.

Peter Evans at Billingham has scored 58 points with the boot, Paul Shepherd is top try scorer with eight and twin Craig is just behind with seven tries.

Chris Hyndman is fourth in the table with six tries.

THERE have been a couple of referee 'no shows' this season but the latest at Hartlepool BBOB was most distressing.

The ref, a Hartlepool man, was ready and changed for a short car journey to the Headland but collapsed at home alone.

He finally managed to text the ground at 2.31pm but the game was already postponed with the referees' organiser out of phone contact.

The irony of the situation was that there were several referees who could have deputised as, elsewhere, the weather had intervened. …

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