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Under 15s - Match centre

NEWARK RUFC
PAVIOURS RUFC
Sun 11 Mar 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Closer Contest Than The Score Suggests

Closer Contest Than The Score Suggests

Newark U15's welcomed their Nottinghamshire rivals Paviours to Kelham Road on Sunday, a week before Paviours are due to play Scunthorpe in the NLD semi final.
Both teams were somewhat depleted, each missing some key players due to injuries, but from Newark's prospective the were desperately short of options in the three quarters and had to resort to using some forwards on the wings, who it must be said adjusted well and did as well as could be expected.
The contest up front was physical and well matched in all areas, with neither pack willing to give up possession or ground easily. The break through for Paviours didn't come until the 20th minute, when their three quarters managed to move the ball swiftly wide and their pace allowed them to evade the stretched Newark defence to score in the corner (not converted 0-5). Their second try came shortly after when their fly half exploited a gap in the middle of the park enabling him to get in behind the Newark centres and release their right wing who had an almost unopposed run in under the posts (converted 0-12). Newark's pack then set about regaining territory, and muscled their way into the Paviours 22 and were rewarded with a try, scored by George Coen after a good catch and drive from a lineout (not converted 5-12). Paviours stretched their lead again with another well taken try just before the half ended (converted 5-19).
The second half was a very close contest in which Newark had the greater share of the possession, but the Paviours defence kept them pegged back in their own half and Newark just couldn't find that final pass to release their wing three quarters into space. As the second half came to a close, and as Newark were trying hard to orchestrate something with the possession they had, Paviours wing pounced on and intercepted a pass, again allowing him an unopposed run in to score in what was essentially the last play of the game (converted Final Score 5-26).
In summary a disappointing result, but it reads a lot worse than the contest actually was. In the end the difference between the 2 sides was really the pace and finishing of the Paviours three quarters who took their opportunities very well. It was a great team effort from all involved on the Newark side, with some guys playing out of position and only 2 substitutes to call on, they gave a good account of themselves and hopefully gave Paviours a tough game in preparation for their semi next week.

Author/Submitting - Jim ASHE
Checked/Agreed - Aid LEA

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