Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

High-Flying Park to Rest Skipper Junior; REGIONAL PREVIEW

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

High-Flying Park to Rest Skipper Junior; REGIONAL PREVIEW

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DARLINGTON Mowden Park will rest captain Junior Fagalilo for tomorrow's trip to Morley, with the Kiwi hooker having led them to the top of the National Three North table, writes MARK SMITH.

Fagalilo has been a major hit since returning from Leicester Lions over the summer, but will be replaced by Andy Tonkin for the Yorkshire clash after picking up a minor knock in last weekend's 49-3 demolition of Beverley. "It was a good win, and our most complete performance of the season," said forwards coach Danny Brown, whose team rose to the top spot as Chester fell at home to Rossendale.

"I know people will say it was against a bottom-of-the-table side, but this is a tough league and anybody can beat anybody on their day.

"That much has been shown by Chester losing their last two games, and we know that Morley away this weekend will not be an easy game despite them being in the bottom half."

Brown added: "Grant Connon, Cameron Mitchell and Tom Schofield all played for Newcastle Falcons' Development XV on Monday, but they will all line up for us again."

Third-placed Westoe play host to National Two North leaders Loughborough tomorrow, looking to close the five-point gap between themselves and the students.

Tynedale are in London to take on Blackheath, while fellow National One outfit Blaydon travel to Cinderford without Shaun English after the lockforward suffered a broken arm.

The region's only 100% record is on the line in Durham & Northumberland Two as unbeaten Consett travel to Barnard Castle, with centre Conor Gates captaining the league leaders who are in search of their 10th victory of the season. Another team firmly in the winning habit is Durham University. The national student champions at both 15s and 7s are unbeaten in well over a year, and continued that trend with a 72-5 demolition of Northumbria University in their annual charity match. The Palatinates have now won their last 26 games in all competitions.

There was no such luck for Darlington Mowden Park's Tamara Taylor, as she came on from the bench in England Women's 14-5 defeat to France in Marseille. …

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