PSA made the long journey to Corbridge to play Tynedale Colts arriving just 30 minutes before kick off.
Due to the limited time to warm everyone expected PSA boys to be slow to start but no, they were fired up and almost scored straight from the kick off. PSA were camped deep in the Tynedale 22 for almost 5 minutes but somehow they were unable to score.
It was an exciting open game lots of adventurous rugby but also lots of mistakes. After all of PSA’s efforts to score a try it was Tyndale who crossed for the score. It was end to end stuff and PSA finally scored through prop Jason Scott who dived over for a try. PSA were soon in the lead and from a mess of bodies Brandon Murray managed to touch down for PSA’s 2nd try.
PSA then seemed to go to sleep and Tynedale started to dominate, two quick tries to take a 19 – 10 lead. As half time was nearing, PSA squeezed over for a try, Jason Scott getting the final touch through a mass of players. Although most of the pack tried to claim they
try. Again straight from the kick off Tynedale helped by some woeful PSA tackling scored to lead at half time 24 – 15.
PSA coaches tried to inspire the players to make sure the long bus journey wasn’t going to take its toll. It looked as if PSA were starting to tire Tynedale scored early in the 2nd half to lead 31 – 15.
There was great spirit and determination in the PSA side and they were not going to give up without a fight. From a ruck close to the Tynedale line scrum half Bryan Hall was driven over for a score the conversion was added. But again as soon as PSA looked to get back into the game Tynedale would then score a try, almost straight from the kick off poor handling resulted in Tynedale gaining possession in open space and again missed tackles gifted them a score.
PSA were now throwing everything at Tynedale but with 10 minutes to play were training 39 – 22. Slowly they started to claw back the deficit first Reece Hartdegen scored from good PSA play backs and forwards involved putting Reece into space for an excellent try. Again back PSA came now, but time was running out. Tynedale couldn’t get their hands on the ball and then Joseph Chipakupaku squeezed in the corner to bring the score to Tynedale 38 – PSA 32.
Could they do it with time and light running out and the referee signalling last play, from the best move of the match Stuart Maxwell run in under the posts to touch down and he then took the conversion to win the match.
This was a great PSA performance they never knew when they were beaten. Every player on the pitch contributed to the victory. It was a great game to watch 13 tries although these were made easier by some poor tackling. Hopefully PSA can build on this in previous weeks going into the last 10 minutes training by 3 scores heads would have went down and whilst chasing the game they probably have conceded more scores.