RUGBY REPORT: Hartlepool BBOB 53 HARTLEPOOL 14

TO THE FORE: Bria Foreman gos on the attack for BBOB against Hartlepool. Picture by TOM COLLINS
TO THE FORE: Bria Foreman gos on the attack for BBOB against Hartlepool. Picture by TOM COLLINS
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A convincing win over Hartlepool at the Old Friarage moved Brigade to fifth in the league, a point above Wallsend who lost at Seaton Carew.

Brigade kicked off in bright conditions with a slight wind advantage and soon threatened in the Hartlepool 22.

Arnell moved the ball quickly from the ruck to give his threes space to test the visitors defence and quick handling from Gareth and Andrew Foreman allowed Jonny Hetherington to outpace the cover for a try in the corner, converted by Picknett.

Hartlepool took play into the home half from the restart but good defence and long range clearance kicks by both Gareth Foreman and Picknett maintained Brigade’s dominance.

Brian Foreman burst through to touch down on the left after Brigade’s threes again showed their pace and effective handling skills.

The Brigade pack were quick to the loose ball with the work of Fletcher, Smith and Anthony Eggglestone setting up numerous attacking options which Arnell eagerly exploited.

Jonny Hetherington gained his second as Brigade’s threes again stretched the Hartlepool defence and Picknett converted.

Skipper Peter Howe next rounded the defence to touch down under the posts with Picknett again converting.

Hartlepool were then able to create a number of attacks in the home half but gained no reward from a well organised and committed defence.

Brigade concluded the half with Brian Foreman driving over under the posts and Picknett converting to make the score 33-0.

Hartlepool fared better in the second period, catching Brigade unawares with an early converted try through Adam Ainley and generally tightening up their defence.

However, it was Brigade’s forwards who caught the attention of a large crowd with several excellent drives from the line out forcing Hartlepool back to their line.

Andrew Foreman joined such a surge to the line, gaining the try and ensuring all Brigade’s points came via the back division.

A deliberate knock on robbed Jonny Hetherington of his hat-trick as Smith served the perfect scoring pass but the resulting penalty paved the way for Brigade’s seventh try.

Egglestone’s line out take set up the driving maul which Hartlepool tried desperately to defend and when progress to the line was halted illegally a penalty try was awarded. Picknett again converted.

Brigade’s eighth and final score featured one the best tries seen at the Old Friarage this season.Lock Paul Craggs broke free in his own half, an exciting run taking him past several defenders down the right side of the field.

His inside pass found the supporting Jonny Hetherington who continued at pace through the centre of the defence before giving Picknett a clear run to the posts.

His conversion concluded Brigade’s scoring but Hartlepool went upfield and gained a converted try for their efforts after Ainley took a quick penalty. He was tackled 10 metres out put managed to off load to Tom Johnson who powered through, Keagen Thomas adding his second conversion.