Sat 08
1st XV
Newport (Salop)
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B (2)
Sheffield RUFC  0  -  14  Newport Salop RFC

Sheffield RUFC 0 - 14 Newport Salop RFC

By Roger Keegan
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An error strewn Sheffield see rivals Newport Salop steal the spoils and leave Sheffield ruing a lacklustre performance.

Sheffield RUFC 0 - 14 Newport Salop RFC

Team Selection for Saturday 8th February 2020

15 Andy Hodgson
14 Nick Marshall
13 Lewis Bowman
12 Jamie Flint
11 Sion Cowdy
10 Ben Parker
9 Steve Depledge

1 Ben Whitney
2 Ianto Jones
3 Jake Hicklin
4 Dom Parsons
5 Dave Clayden
6 Jason Hignell
7 Matt Adcock
8 Alex Fawdry
16 Joe Cooke
17 Tom Womack
18 Angus Hughes

Sheffield welcomed Newport Salop to Abbeydale Park on a very windy day in the hope and belief that they could extend their lead over the visitors who are in third place in the league. Sheffield still remained without the services of fly-half, Will Hodgson and loanee, George Castledine, but saw the return of Prop forward Joe Cooke to the squad, with three forwards on the bench.

Sheffield, playing into the wind, started the match quite well, with Newport Salop giving away two quick penalties and then a break through full back Andy Hodgson. However, Newport managed to gain turnover ball on halfway and with Sheffield still in attack mode Newport Salop found a hole in their defence and roared down the left wing for winger Sam Evans to score wide out on the left after just five minutes. Full back, Benny Elliot added a very difficult conversion and the visitors led by 7 points to nil. The match remained very much in stalemate for the next thirty minutes or so, with Sheffield making some good headway in attack, but then faltering with a great many turnovers allowing Newport Salop to escape and clear any danger. The with barely four minutes to go until half time, Sheffield managed to steal Newport Salop’s line out ball close to Sheffield’s ten-metre line. Sheffield kicked over the top, but knocked on in the chase. Newport Salop won the ball at the scrum and suddenly found another hole in the Sheffield defence, this time out on the right of their attack with Full back Benny Elliot through the gap before passing on to right wing Toby Evans to score wide out on the right. Once again, Benny Elliot added the conversion from the touch line and with half time looming, Newport Salop led by 14 points to nil. Sheffield lost right wing Nick Marshall during the half to a bad shoulder injury and was replaced by Tom Womack who went into the back row with flanker Matt Adcock moving out to the wing, which did not aid the Sheffield cause.

The second half was much like the first, with Sheffield unable to hang on to the ball for long enough to penetrate the Newport Salop defence, and Newport Salop also unable to add to their tally of points and the game concluded with no further score and a great deal of disappointment for the home supporters. Let us all hope we are ready and raring to go for the home tie with Nuneaton RFC next Saturday.

Scoring: -

#ScorerType of ScoreTeamTeamTeam
1st Half
5(11)Sam EvansTry (1)Newport Salop RFC0-5
5+1(15)Benny ElliotConversion (1)Newport Salop RFC0-7
36(14)Harry SimmondsTry (2)Newport Salop RFC0-12
36+1(15)Benny ElliotConversion (2)Newport Salop RFC0-14
Half Time: -0-14
2nd Half
Full Time: -0-14

Up-coming fixtures: -

Sat, 22-Feb-2010Broadstreet RFCAwayLeague2:15pm Kick-off
Sat, 29-Feb-2020Paviors RFCHomeLeague2:15pm Kick-off
Sat, 07-Mar-2010Peterborough Lions RFCAwayLeague3:00pm Kick-off
Sat, 14th Mar-2020Nuneaton RFCHomeLeague3:00pm Kick-off
Sat, 21st Mar-2020Sandbach RUFCHomeLeague3:00pm Kick-off

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Match details

Match date

Sat 08, Feb 2020



Meet time



Midlands Premier

League position

Newport (Salop)