Walsall 10 v Newport 38
A Better Game Than The Last Encounter !
Walsall played Newport on a tacky pitch today. A dry sunny day made for a good open game of rugby against a well established team.
Newport kicked off and applied pressure from the first whistle. It took the visitors 2 mins to get the first try, after good phased possession they linked well to crash over slightly left of the posts. 0-7
Walsall finally woke up and produced some good passages of play during the first half, linking well to push onwards to the try line. Lewis Hawkins playing at 9 today provided the pass to Raighne Hutchinson to use power and balance to work his way through the defence and score out wide on the right hand side. 5-7
The home team worked well today throughout the first half, every player doing his bit especially during the scrums and fighting for the line out ball. A big difference from the first game we played at Newport last season, being on the end of a massive defeat ( 71-5 and 13 men ). The work rate at times was immense, saying that the times Walsall" went missing" during the game cost the team points.
Newport being slightly more organised, turned the screw more each structured phase of play and managed their ball time better than the home team. They scored two more tries before half time. 5-19
Half Time 5-19 Newport
After a team talk Walsall made a better start of the second half than the first. Providing copious amounts of territory and good ball delivered from the forwards only to be squeezed out under pressure at the business end, resulting in the occasional turn over ball that punished the home team. Newport opened the scoring first in the second half, working it out wide to use a healthy over lap to go over on the right hand side. 5-24. Walsall seemed to lose purpose and direction for only 10 mins but paid the price conceding 2 more tries. 5-38 Newport.
After a stern open discussion under the posts Walsall pushed forward from a quick kick off while Newport switched off, and made excellent yards to pressure a catch from the kick off. The home team added more and more attacking pressure to the game, having a try claim over ruled as held up they worked tirelessly to get that try. The rewards came through a multiple amount of scrums on the left hand side, using a pick and go set play and the final scrum a slide pass from Lewis Hawkins to Raighne Hutchinson to crash over for his second try. 10-38 Newport.
Walsall pressed again for more tries but it was maximum effort a little too late.
Final Score Walsall 10 Newport 38
Many thanks to Newport for the game today.
Rob's notes ,
Many thanks to James Topham for his tireless support from the touch line, encouraging the lads to progress and do well.
At times today Walsall played really well both in attack and defence, saying that they as a team had a tendency to switch off and forget what the teams purpose was collectively and as individuals.
Its something to work on, developing steady but sure. Keep it up lads.
Staffordshire Plate Semi Final next weekend against Tamworth.