11th December 2015, 10:03 |
By WAYNE GARDNER
Northumbria clinched their first ever league title with a 38-0 home victory against North East rivals Newcastle.
They have won Premier North after remaining unbeaten with nine wins from nine games.
Northumbria took control of the game right from the start with Fran Welsh and man of the match Mitch Law scoring tries in the first 20 minutes.
They ran in a further three before half-time, Paddy Hargreaves, Corey Noel and Danny Simpson all crossing to make it 22-0 at the break.
Northumbria’s dominance continued in the second half when Lewis Young went over after 10 minutes to all but clinch the title.
Young got on the end of a smart chip kick from Tom Shaw and with Shaw converting to make it 28-0 the game was out of reach of Newcastle.
Doug Foster touched down with 10 minutes remaining and Law scored his second try of the game in the final minute to put the icing on the cake for the champions.
Northumbria Head Coach Jason Payne gave his thoughts on what has been an incredible season so far for his team: “It’s a great achievement to win the league title and it is down to an incredible group of players who have worked so hard since the beginning of pre-season,” he said.
“We have a squad of players who all contribute and I’m just so happy for them. It lets us know that what we are doing is working and we are heading in the right direction.
“Our unbeaten run is great and gives us confidence, but we are under no illusions that the job is only half done and our main goal of winning the Championship is still to be done and will take much more hard work after Christmas.
“If we can keep the run going, then great, but it’s not something we particularly discuss. Our main aim is to just keep getting better every week.”