Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynedale Boss Urges Side to Keep Cool; REGIONAL RUGBY

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynedale Boss Urges Side to Keep Cool; REGIONAL RUGBY

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TYNEDALE boss Tom Borthwick is urging his men to keep their cool ahead of tomorrow's National League One clash at home to Rosslyn Park, writes MATT LESLIE.

A series of silly penalties saw the Corbridge side blow a commanding 30-10 lead away at London Scottish to lose by a point.

Admittedly they were on the rough end of some late controversy which led to Lee Cholwea's massive 50-yard drop goal that gave London Scottish a dramatic 34-33 win.

But Borthwick concedes they should never have put themselves in that position in the first place and insists they keep it tight for Rosslyn Park.

He said: "At 30-10 up we took our foot of the gas even though there were 20 minutes to go.

"We started to give away silly penalties which allowed them to get into some good attacking positions - from which we couldn't regain the ball - and they took advantage by scoring three tries to go 31-30 ahead.

"Then with a minute left we got a penalty and Gavin (Beasley) kicked us in front. As he took what we thought was a minute to take the kick we thought that was it but the referee said there was 20 seconds left.

"From the drop-out they win a scrum from which they work it back to Cholewa and fair play to the lad he landed a super kick.

"Sure we can feel aggrieved by the end but really, we should not have let them back into it. But we now have Rosslyn Park to think about. They'll be big up front so we'll have to nullify that and not give away any silly penalties."

Borthwick also revealed that Johnny Williams will be unavailable due to work commitments but hope to have Jamie and Andy Murray back for selection. …

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