Life in the Premier division has been tough for Trent firsts and after seven matches they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table without a point to their name.
They got off to the worst possible start here, conceding after only two minutes. A period of sustained pressure and quick ball from the Durham scrum half saw the visitors cut through the middle of the Trent defence and they went seven points up.
Ten minutes later and a slick line out from Durham provided their backs with a fine platform to get the ball down the line and their right winger, a thorn in Trent’s side all game, scored in the corner. Not even a quarter of the game gone and already NTU were twelve down.
The away side put the game beyond doubt not long after, by showcasing their superior power in the forwards, driving a scrum all the way over Trent’s try line allowing their number eight the simplest of trys.
There was a glimmer of hope for the home team when they put together a classy move of their own, the ball whipping down their back line to give Jimmy Garner-Currie the chance to finish in the left corner which he duly did, but their joy didn’t last long.
Durham immediately hit back and despite some staunch defending, the away side scored to quash any hopes NTU may have had of a revival.
Trent kicked off, but a missed tackle allowed Durham to run the ball straight back to the other end of the pitch and some swift handling from Durham’s backs saw them score almost straight away to leave the score at half time 5-33.
The visitors picked up where they left off after the break, scoring their sixth, seventh and eight trys in quick succession. The speed of the ball recycling at the breakdown was too much for Trent’s defence to cope with and at times it just looked all too easy for Durham.
Trent did get a consolation try, but it did little to cheer the crowd on a bitterly cold afternoon and the game finished 12-50. There is work to be done if NTU are to register their first win of the season soon.
Trent Firsts: Joe Loveroch, Callum Powell, Chris Muncaster, Richard Bussey, Tom Holiday, Ollie Watson, Lawrence Coward, Lashaun Martin, Will Hidell, Greg Lound, Jimmy Garner-Currie, Mikey Whettell, Romey Vassell (c), Kieran Morris, Robert Alexander.