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Scorpions collapse in second half.

SCORPIONS ................ 16 THUNDER .................... 50 SOUTH Wales Scorpions capitulated in the second half yet again as Gateshead Thunder took advantage of errors and executed their game-plan to cruise to victory.

The home side were very much in the hunt early in the second half when the scores were deadlocked but after conceding two quick tries, their heads went down.

It was frustrating for the Scorpions fans as they could see a potential victory but once again it wasn't to be.

The game started as an even contest and the nearest anyone got in the first 15 minutes was when Ian Newbury mishandled a high Paul Emanuelli high bomb.

The breakthrough came in the 16th minute when Jason Payne had time to push his way past two Scorpions defenders to ground. Former Scorpion Jamie Rooney converted.

Matty Beharrell soon increased the away side's lead with a breakaway try that Rooney goaled to double the score. Payne broke down the left for his second and Thunder's third on 25 minutes to make the score 16-0. Scorpions got on the board straight from kick-off. After regaining the ball from an error, North Wales Crusaders' loanee Greg Wilde sprinted 20 metres, fighting off the Thunder backline to ground in the corner.

Paul Emanuelli converted.

The Welsh then blew a chance to get another try back. Phil Carleton was very close to scoring after being first to react to a Thunder error but was centimetres short. Then after a series of passes that were far too short, Mike Connor knocked on.

But just before half time, the Scorpions decreased the gap even more. Jacob Blades mishandled after trying to catch a final tackle kick from the Scorpions. From the scrum, Chris Vitalini was given space to wander over the line. Emanuelli converted.

Scorpions were first to strike in the second half after Chris Vitalini powered his way over to level the scores. Emanuelli's kick was missed.

But Thunder regained the advantage when an unmarked Omari Caro couldn't believe his luck when he was in space to catch a Matty Beharrell chip to score in the corner. Beharrell failed to add the extras.

Poor marking again caught the Scorpions out again on the wing and Chris Heil took advantage to increase Thunder's lead. Rooney converted.

The former Scorpion then completed his welcome back to the valleys by scoring a try against his own club. Beharrell coverted and from looking like they could win the game, the Scorpions fell out of bonus point range being 30-16 down.

Aaron Ollett quickly added a seventh try to further increase the lead while Sam Bowering went over in the opposite corner to make it 38-16 much to the joy of the small but vocal Thunder army. Kial Carlisle and Omari Caro both added tries under the sticks in the last ten minutes, both converted by Beharrell to bring up the 50.

SOUTH WALES SCORPIONS: Jordan Sheridan, Ian Newbury, Matthew Wilcox, Kyle Scrivens, Chris Leyshon, Paul Emanuelli, Greg Wilde, Osian Phillips, Connor Farrer, Chris Vitalini, Harrison Elliott, Phil Carleton, Michael Connor, Subs: Richard East, Scott Giles, Dafydd Hellard, Ashley Bateman Tries: Vitalini (39, 42), Wilde (27) Goals: Emanuelli 2/3 GATESHEAD THUNDER: Jacob Blades, Omari Caro, Chris Heil, Joe Brown, Sam Bowering, Jamie Rooney, Matty Beharrell, Aaron Ollett, Kial Carlisle, Matt Barron, Sonny Esslemont, Jason Payne, Ricky Hough Subs: Lee Fewlass, Rhys Clarke, Paul Stamp, Callum Cockburn Tries: Payne (16, 25), Beharrell (18), Caro (48, 80), Heil (54), Rooney (59), Ollett (61), Bowering (71), Carlisle (78) Goals: Rooney 2/4, Beharrell 3/6
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 5, 2014
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