OLD PATESIANS 12 – NEWTON ABBOT 56
By NewtonAbbot People | Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:15
Newton Abbot “All Whites” extended their winning run to five with this comprehensive 10-try victory at Old Patesians.
The hosts are usually tough nuts to crack on their patch, but Newton showed no respect by scoring their bonus point tries within the opening quarter, leading 34-7 at half time and adding four more tries in the second half playing up the slope.
Any doubts about rustiness following the weather-enforced month’s break were soon dispelled. The value of well attended and constructive training was self-evident with the first score.
Well-rehearsed quick ball from a lineout saw debutant flanker Martin Browne make good ground up the middle. Second phase ball was taken on by player coach Colin Stewart and captain Dean Avery which created space for back rower Alex Smith to score under the posts.
A more traditional catch and drive lineout saw No. 8 Ben Cole emerge as the try scorer, another driven lineout opened up the blindside for winger Kyle Browne to go in unopposed.
Next over was the other winger Josh Davey, the ball was moved quickly left with Davey taking on his opposite number on the outside with a burst of speed to the line.
A pair of conversions for fly half Laurence May had Newton 24-nil up after seventeen minutes.
Old Pats got one back after a long Newton kick ahead wasn’t chased up, the subsequent counter attack from the home “22” ended with winger Joe Ballinger crossing for fly half George Hughes to convert.
Helped by a yellow card for Old Pats centre Steve Taylor Newton responded by going on to build a match winning score before the break.
From the resultant catch and drive lineout, prop Lloyd Radford scored the fifth. Midfield pressure created the sixth, Old Pats attempted to run out of defence but when the ball was dropped they ended up conceding a five metre scrum.
The home side thwarted Newton’s attempt at a pushover, but when the ball was spun wide there was no stopping Kyle Browne from notching up his second with the final act of the first half.
Although with an established lead Newton were wary going into the second spell, having to contend with both the slope and a home pack that had the slight edge at scrum time.
However, a try seven minutes after the resumption left the Old Boys with a mountain to climb. The forwards won quality second phase possession to set up Nic Holt, the centre spotted a defensive mismatch and weaved his way over from 30 metres.
Newton then showed the other side of their game as they put in a well organised shift in defence and kept the home side out.
A debut try for Alipate Laulau edged Newton further ahead. The strong running winger, who has had a prolific season for the Seconds, used his power and speed to squeeze over at the corner flag.
Old Pats did then eventually double their try tally with an overlap touchdown for scrum half James Aherne but that was as good as it got for the Cheltenham based club.
Scrum half Matt Newman made a neat break from a scrum before linking up with winger Kyle Browne whose angled run set up his brother, Martin, for his try on debut. May added the extras before his well-timed pass put centre Kevin Dennis over for the tenth and final try right on the closing whistle.
This emphatic away victory sets the “All Whites” up nicely for three consecutive home games that culminate in the visit of current League leaders Lydney who come to Rackerhayes on 1st February to play the match postponed from 6th January.
The intervening matches are against teams at the other end of affairs and Newton will be hoping to have completed seven wins in a row before Lydney visit. Tomorrow they take on basement club Old Centralians who lost the earlier fixture in Gloucester 28-22 and have only won twice since elevation to this level.
The following weekend it is the turn of Worcester Wanderers to travel, Newton will be going all out to avenge their 25-17 loss sustained in the earlier clash.
In spite of winning five in a row – which neatly balances the five successive defeats - Newton are still in seventh as the sides immediately above at the start of play, Barnstaple and Brixham, also won.
Newton’s quiet satisfaction of a job well done at Old Pats was tempered when the bad news came through from the Seconds match at Sidmouth. First team captain Pete Mortimore, on the comeback trail after an elbow operation, suffered a broken leg in the second half of a 12-nil defeat.
Tomorrow the Second XV are at Tiverton, while the Colts, whose game with Sidmouth last Saturday didn’t happen because of team raising issues with the east Devon club, take on Kingsbridge at Homers Lane.