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Newbury Blues
L Wilkinson (2)
Sat 19 Mar 15:00 - South West Divsion - South West 1 East Full time

Match Report - Towcestrians v Newbury

Newbury give Tows Title blues

Newbury Blues travelled to Greens Norton Road on Saturday and came away with an unlikely victory to upset Towcestrians title charge and inflict a League double and Tows only Home defeat of the season in an ill-tempered game.

Tows started in the worst possible way attempting to clear their lines shortly after kick off, the kick held up in a strong breeze to come down in the arms of the Newbury winger who fed the Blues pacy full-back who out-paced the defensive cover to score, unconverted, to give Newbury an early 0 - 5 lead.

Towcestrians then started to assert themselves and quickly gained the upper hand in the scrum, playing multiple phases but found themselves unable to penetrate a resolute defence, with Tows camped in Newbury's 22 a penalty was conceded and with Tows declining the pot at goal, the ball was sent into the corner for the line out, another series of penalties conceded by Newbury eventually led to Tows driving over in the corner, no.8 Liam Wilkinson the scorer, again unconverted for Tows to turn around with the wind now at their backs for a 5 - 5 half time score.

 Tows Vs Newbury Blues 19/3/16
206 photos

Tows started the second half in similar fashion, with ascendance in the scrum and playing the majority of the rugby, eventually the Blues defence cracking for the outstanding Wilkinson to go over again in the corner to put Tows in front 10 - 5, further good play and solid pressing defence led to a scrum on the Blues 22, and with an 8 man show the Newbury scrum raced backwards and crumbled, with the large home crowd fully expecting a penalty to be awarded, the ref waved play on, the ball bobbled free and into the hands of the Newbury backs who saw an opportunity and ran the ball, excellent interplay eventually led to a near length of the field score for the Newbury full-back under the posts.

Tows now threw everything into the final quarter and despite dominating territory and possession found the Newbury defence too difficult to breakdown, along with some streetwise efforts from the Blues front 5 to disrupt and slow the ball at every available opportunity, again going largely unpunished by the generous referee.

Tows remain 5 points clear at the Top of the league with just 4 games to play, after the game Tows Director of Rugby commented "it was great game, hard fought by two very committed sides, but when you dominate the game like we did and not come away the victory it does leave you scratching your head, the lads effort was brilliant and we juts couldn't get it over the line"

Tows seconds came back from Nuneaton with a 24-10 win having blooded a couple of Colts and the Colts beat Vipers 41 - 17

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Key moments

Try Liam Wilkinson scores for Towcestrians
Try Liam Wilkinson scores for Towcestrians

Videos and photos

 Tows Vs Newbury Blues 19/3/16
206 photos


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60:00 Sub On
John Causebrook is substituted on for Towcestrians
60:00 Sub Off
Peter Gowler is substituted off for Towcestrians
55:00 Sub Off
Pepe Nanci is substituted off for Towcestrians
55:00 Sub On
Thorne Gladwin is substituted on for Towcestrians
50:00 Sub Off
Charlie Smith is substituted off for Towcestrians
50:00 Sub On
Chris Kirby is substituted on for Towcestrians
44:00 Try 10 - 0
Liam Wilkinson scores for Towcestrians
End of period 1
32:00 Try 5 - 0
Liam Wilkinson scores for Towcestrians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Towcestrians
  • Newbury Blues
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  • Liam Wilkinson Try 32:00'
  • Liam Wilkinson Try 44:00'
  • Charlie Smith Sub Off 50:00'
  • Chris Kirby Sub On 50:00'
  • Pepe Nanci Sub Off 55:00'
  • Thorne Gladwin Sub On 55:00'
  • Peter Gowler Sub Off 60:00'
  • John Causebrook Sub On 60:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Towcestrians 26 106
2. Salisbury 26 96
3. Newbury Blues 26 94
4. Witney 26 88
5. Maidenhead 26 80
6. Oxford Harlequins 26 79
7. Swindon 26 64

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