Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Perfect Day for Our Magnificent Seven; Rugby Union

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Perfect Day for Our Magnificent Seven; Rugby Union

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Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON

EVERY one a winner - all seven of Teesside's rugby clubs won on a Saturday to relish.

Guisborough were one of three of the region's clubs to reach 50 points as they returned to winning ways by seeing off Sunderland 52-14.

Redcar and Yarm also reached the half-ton mark, while Acklam, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Billingham also won.

In Durham and North One, Guisborough, without several regular players, were too good for bottom club Sunderland, and stay second in the league.

Gareth Lodge, standing in as skipper for Owen Edwards, said: "We were missing regular boys, but the lads who came in did well and James Fitzgibbon had an outstanding debut.

"Anthony Watson also played very well on his debut. We are trying to develop young players and keep the club moving forward.

"We had lost the last couple of games to good sides (Alnwick and Gateshead), but should have won both, so it was important that we beat Sunderland.

"They made it hard for our forwards, especially in the front row, but when we got the ball wide we were devastating."

The Wearsiders had a stronger pack, but had no answer when Guisborough ran the ball.

Colt Fitzgibbon, coming off the bench, scored two tries.

Sunderland had struck first with a penalty, but Michael McDougall soon went over for Guisborough's first try and Adie Rose converted.

Two more Sunderland penalties kept them in it, but Alex Ruff and Toby Hancock scored further tries for the home side, Rose converting one of them.

After the break, Fitzgibbon came to the fore, while Josh Corcoran and Jack Robinson also scored, with Rose's conversion tally being six.

Leaders Alnwick beat Gateshead, who were third, and that enabled Stockton to move up to third with a 36-17 win over Ryton.

Jeremy Good fired Stockton ahead with a penalty, then Ryton got a red card when Stockton No 8 Martin Howe was upended and drilled down onto his head. …

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