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Newport (Salop) RUFC
Sun 29 Apr 10:15 - Friendly Walkover winner: Newcastle

Newcastle 53-17 Newport

In the same way that Newport’s score over Sutton Coldfield two weeks ago masked a close fought game, here too the result does not reflect how hard Newport competed in this final encounter of a somewhat disjointed season.

Where Newport had previously been first at the breakdown and unrelenting in support play, on this occasion it was Newcastle’s intensity that edged Newport out. Newcastle successfully kept advantage at the ruck despite Newport’s best endeavours. This gave them opportunity to use their powerful centres to score a disproportionate number of tries.
Encouragingly, this was yet again another team effort from Newport. Of course Connor Edwards was able to use his power to drive home three tries, industrious James Lohan and Michael Crosswell battled tirelessly amongst the melees and Harry Talbot and Dayton Nash made good ground with the ball as usual. But Callum Bolton and Ross Williams holding up Newcastle in the first moments exemplified Newport’s determination which remained constant throughout the team for the entire game.
Indeed it was Crosswell rucking over to reset play that gave electric Talbot the space to burst forward creating Edwards’ first. Nash on the cover prevented an otherwise certain try to contain Newcastle to 2-1 for the first period.
Newcastle found their way through on four occasions in the middle period which did all the damage to the scoreline. However, Newport’s play included another attempted Newcastle try held up, incredible tackles and crafty turnovers at the ruck and scrum. Unfortunately Newport were unable to make it stick long enough to affect the score until the final period in which the try count was 3-2.
Eriife Akinyemi worked the opening for Edwards' second, and Ross Williams with several Newcastle players hanging from him continued to make ground enabling Edwards’ third. Ground made by Min Rae Hsieh and a stonking Ben Guy tackle again demonstrating the workload being shared across the team.
A disappointing scoreline, but not a disappointing match. Effort abounded from the first minute to the last. Newcastle’s support play and intensity justifiably made them victors for the day, but if Newport remain as committed as they did in this performance they will thrive and grow together.

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