NEWBURY BLUES 25 v 17 ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT
Blues win in pink
Saturday 30th March 2019, 3pm KO South West 1 East
Newbury Blues get the try bonus point victory with a hard-fought victory over a determined Royal Wootton Bassett who pushed Blues all the way
Blues make 2 changes Josh Bartlett returning and Harry Waye-Branch getting his Blues debut on this special Pink Charity day and 90th year celebrations
RWB kick off Blues gather and take play up to half way before being forced into touch, RWB win their lineout and attack getting a penalty at the tackle which is kicked to touch, from the lineout RWB run at Blues but lose the ball Blues do the same allowing RWB to mount another attack, Blues steal possession and run at RWB but a knock on halts their progress, RWB win their scrum and after a couple of phases kick, the kick drifts straight out so back for a Blues lineout, from the lineout Blues run the ball before putting a kick into RWB’s 22, a good chase means Blues are able to tackle RWB into touch, lineout won Blues soon have a penalty, Blues tap ang go allowing Tom Erskine to power over to score, the long conversion just wide, 10 mins 5-0
RWB restart Blues gather the loose ball and try running, a loose pass is caught by RWB and they are clear, luckily play is brought back for a RWB knock on, Blues win their scrum and put in a high kick, RWB gather and run back at Blues who manage to steal the ball and make progress before a knock on gives RWB a scrum, RWB win their scrum and take play up to half way before they knock on giving Blues a scrum who win the scrum and run at RWB, Blues make the mistake and RWB have a scrum, the scrum is reset then Blues get a penalty which is kicked to touch, lineout won Blues attack through several phases and getting over the line through Josh Bartlett but they are held up, Blues recycle and spend several phases camped in RWB’s 22 before coughing up possession allowing RWB to clear to touch on half way,
Rory Jones off Duncan Craigen on Blood change
RWB concede a scrum at the lineout allowing Blues to mount another attack, Blues lose the ball and RWB put in a high long kick, Blues get a lineout deep in their own half when RWB touch the ball, Blues take a quick lineout and set off in attack before putting a long kick in to RWB’s 22 they clear back up the pitch, Blues gather and run getting back into RWB’s 22 and get a penalty at the tackle, injury time out, Blues kick to touch in RWB’s 22, Blues maul from the lineout getting up to the line but cannot touch the ball down.
RWB have a scrum, another injury time out, RWB win their scrum under pressure which forces them to touch down in the dead ball area giving Blues a 5m scrum, Blues hold their reset scrum allowing then Josh Winfield to pick up at the rear of the scrum and crash through their defence, Josh Winfield picking up at the base of the scrum to crash over and score the try, the conversion is wide, 28 mins 10-0
Rory Jones back on Duncan Craigen off Blood change
RWB kick off Blues gather and kick to touch still in own half, RWB win their lineout and take play across the pitch then back, a good Crossfield kick is caught by their winger who rounds the defender to score the conversion hits the upright, 10-5 31 mins
Blues restart and manage to get hold of the loose ball but soon cough up possession, RWB run at Blues then put in a kick deep into Blues half, Blues run the ball taking play back into RWB territory before they lose the ball in the tackle, RWB take play back to half way before kicking, Blues gather and run getting a penalty scrum which they win and run at RWB taking play up to RWB’s 22, RWB intercept a loose Blues pass and run the 80m to score under the posts the conversion is successful, 10-12 36 mins
Blues restart and soon concede a penalty which RWB kick to touch win their lineout and attack before putting a kick into Blues half, Blues run the ball getting back into RWB’s half then put a chip kick over RWB’s defenders and gather but lose possession, RWB clear to touch, Blues win the lineout and take play across the pitch and back, James Lewis passes to Alex Sparkes to score wide out right, the long conversion is just short, 15-12 half time
Blues kick off the second half RWB knock on giving Blues a scrum, Blues get a free kick at the scrum they tap ang go and run at RWB but lose the ball in the tackle, RWB take play into Blues half then concede a penalty at the tackle, Blues kick to touch win the lineout and put pressure on the RWB defence which manages to get hold of the ball in the tackle and clear from their own 22 into touch. Blues win the lineout and again put pressure on the RWB defence taking play across the pitch and back before a knock on halts their progress, RWB win their scrum and after a couple of phases in their own 22 clear to touch, Blues win their lineout and send a grubber kick back into RWB’s 22 they gather and clear to touch.
Blues win the lineout and spread play across the pitch but a loose pass is claimed by RWB who spread play wide then back up the middle evading the Blues tackles to run in a good try from their own 22 the conversion is wide 15-17, 50 mins
Blues restart and concede a penalty which RWB kick to touch, Blues steal the lineout and put in a good kick which rolls into touch, RWB win the lineout and put a chip kick over the Blues defensive line, Blues gather and run the ball making ground before a loose pass rolls into touch. RWB win the lineout in their own 22 and kick clear, Blues gather and run back up to RWB’s 22 before knocking on, injury time out
Jon Grieve on Harry Waye Branch off 55 mins
RWB win their scrum and try running out of their 22 before kicking into Blues half, Blues gather and take play up to half way, both teams make mistakes meaning possession swaps a few times before RWB get a penalty, injury time out.
Duncan Craigen on Tom Erskine off 60 mins
RWB kick to touch win lineout but soon cough up possession allowing Blues to attack tacking play up to RWB’s 22 Blues play advantage but play is brought back for the penalty, Dan Thorne slots the kick between the posts, 18-17 63 mins
RWB restart long, Blues run the ball back before putting in a long kick, RWB try running the ball but Blues push them back and manage to steal the ball, Blues attack getting over the line but are held up, Blues win the 5m scrum and again get over the line but are held up, RWB manage to steal the ball at the scrum and clear to touch, Blues win the lineout and run at RWB getting into their 22, a knock on gives RWB a scrum which they win and take play across the pitch, Blues manage to steal the ball at the tackle and get a penalty,
Tom Erskine on Kyle Doel off 68 mins
Blues kick to touch, win the lineout and Blues forwards pick and drive before spreading play wide then back, Rob Drysdale makes the break through breaking through the defence to score a good try, Dan Thorne converts 25-17 74 mins
RWB restart long, Blues clear to touch, RWB attack from their lineout but a knock on halts their progress, Blues win their scrum and a good run by Dan Thorne takes play up to RWB’s 22 Blues lose the ball, RWB counter attack taking play back into Blues half and get a penalty which they kick to touch in Blues 22
Alex Sparkes off Josh Bartlett on 37 mins
Blues steal the lineout and kick clear, RWB run straight back at Blues getting up to Blues 22 Blues defend several phases before conceding a penalty which RWB kick to touch, Blues steal the lineout and kick to touch bringing the full-time whistle.
A good hard-fought game of rugby which Blues just edged point wise, Blues having the majority of possession but cannot convert it into points, RWB counter attacking well and turning Blues mistakes into points, great to see both teams having a drink after the game
Good luck to RWB for the last couple of games
MOM Kyle Doel and Ben Hicks
DOD Harry Waye-Branch
Ben Hicks, Harry Waye-Branch, James Macaulay, Kyle Doel, Tom Erskine,
Rob Drysdale, Rory Jones, Josh Winfield,
Tom Hunt, Alex Bancroft, Harvey North, Josh Bartlett, Dan Thorne, Alex Sparkes, Toby Thorne,
Jon Grieve, Duncan Craigen, James Lewis
Thanks to the ref who kept control of a hard-fought good game of rugby
Thanks to the great Blues support who turned out in numbers for the Pink Charity Day
Thanks to Ian Jack for the matchday photo’s and Jess for the matchday video
Blues next match is away @ Salisbury, 3pm KO.