Vine treble earns bonus point victory

Durham 8 Old Crossleyans 39

Chris Vine crossed three times as Crocs overcame a disappointing first half display to blitz Durham and claim a convincing North One East success.

Crocs enjoyed the better of the territorial exchanges throughout but were hampered by a disjointed display and a number of handling errors.

A three try burst in 10 second half minutes erased the memory and saw the Broomfield men open up a meaningful gap as Durham were overrun by a display of pace and passion.

Arnie Stevenson put Durham ahead with a penalty after Crocs had been caught offside. However Ed Cockroft, who enjoyed a 100 percent success rate with the boot, kicked his side level on the half hour.

Grant Thompson burrowed over from a ruck as Durham regained the lead, but close to half time Crocs sprang to life and Vine produced some brilliant individual skill to go over, Cockroft tying things up at 8-8 with the conversion.

Crocs hit the front for the first time straight from the retart, Vine drawing a penalty and Cockroft duly obliged for an 11-8 interval lead.

Crocs looked a different proposition after the break as they came out with renewed purpose, and a purple patch saw them cross for three rapid converted tries.

Vine started the ball rolling with his second score after which captain James Wainwright crossed with Gareth Ott rounding off the sequence to make it 32-8.

Durham were struggling to compete by this stage and Vine took advantage to go over for his hat-trick try, Cockroft ending the scoring with the conversion.

The game then finished 10 minutes early after the referee, who had picked up a muscle problem in the first half, decided he was unable to continue.

Both sides agreed to call a halt with Crocs gaining the win virtue of enough time having elapsed for the result to stand.