Alnwick Lions...47 Northern III...3
(Saturday, November 5)
THE Lions came roaring out of the blocks against Northern III.
A searing break from Bremner put Mallaburn through for a 30-metre dash up the middle, with the play ending in an Alnwick try. (5-0).
Bremner converted from the touch-line (7-0).
The same combination of Bremner and Mallaburn had the Lions scrummaging from five metres out and again Dunn smashed his way over to score in the corner (12-0).
Bremner converted from the touch-line once more (14-0).
Matthewson was proving himself to be a pest in the line-out ensuring scrappy ball to the Northern scrum-half, who was held up by Dunn in a choke tackle ensuring an Alnwick penalty.
Dunn tapped the penalty to himself and passed to Bremner who again broke the line. His off-load on the inside allowed Dunn to canter in for his hat-trick within 15 minutes (19-0).
Bremner converted (21-0).
Northern then worked their way up the pitch.
They were rewarded when Dunn was penalised for not releasing and a grateful Northern team kicked the three points (21-3).
Another flowing move had Alnwick just short of the line. A strong Alnwick pack won the scrum against the head for Dunn to smash his way through two tackles to score his fourth try of the half (26-3).
Conversion missed, half-time arrived with the score at 26-3.
The start of the second half had the Northern hooker pinged for hands on the floor and Alnwick elected for a scrum.
Dunn picked up and went with replacement flanker Davis, taking the offload to bang over and score (31-3).
Bremner converted (33-3).
A dominant Alnwick pack again won a scrum against the head to feed Bremner, who once more broke the line brilliantly to put in Smith to run in under the posts to score (38-3).
Bremner converted (40-3).
Another break from the impressive Bremner set up Horsley who surprisingly gave it to Smith to score his second try of the afternoon (45-3).
Bremner converted (47-3).
This was a great performance from a motivated Alnwick Lions team.