Men’s North East Rugby Round Up General May 8, 2019 North East Men’s league kicked off with a bang with Edinburgh Eagles, Cramlington Rockets and Jarrow Vikings all coming out on top. Edinburgh Eagles 40 – 24 Durham Demons Edinburgh Eagles welcomed Durham Demons as they faced each other for the first time. After an evenly balanced first half both teams headed into the half time with 12 points each. An inspiring team talk gave the Demons the boost they needed to gain a quick 12-point lead. But it was a cool, calm and collected Eagles side that fought back through a spectacular try by captain Lewis Clarke and with Quinn scoring his second of the day it was the Eagles who got their North East season off to a soaring start. Cramlington Rockets 70 – 6 West View Warriors New entrants to the league, West View Warriors, made the trip to the Cramlington Sporting Club as they faced Cramlington Rockets in their first ever game as a club. The first half had glimpses of their pre-season training with both sides managing to get on the score sheet. The second half started with the Rockets flaunting their experience as they dominated for the remainder of the half as they ran up a total of 44 unanswered points with Matty Gordon, Jack Redfern and Chris Ure all scoring braces. Jarrow Vikings 40 – 6 Durham Tigers Durham Tigers travelled to Monkton Stadium where they faced Jarrow Vikings, a side whom had a number of new faces in the starting line-up with a number of players trying out Rugby League for the first time. It just took two minutes for the home side to take the lead through veteran hooker Phil Wall, in his 15th season with the club, scoring his first of two tries of the day. Heading into half time it was Vikings who went in with a 14-point lead. The Vikings then put in a strong second half performance where they kept the Tigers scoreless and through a couple of well worked tries they extending their lead giving them confidence going into next week.