Sat 12
2nd XV
This was an impressive victory

This was an impressive victory

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Nine tries were scored by the backline - seven by the wingers.

Newark 2nd XV 63 Worksop 1st XV 28
By Bob Walker

Under normal circumstances any player who scores four tries can reasonably expect to hog the headlines. And Newark's right winger Tom Partridge certainly deserves the plaudits for his performance against a Worksop side which never threw in the towel. In fact, the visitors earned a try bonus point through their refusal to give in.

Partridge is a reliable stalwart of this team. He never lets the side down and has the priceless gift of popping up in the right place at the right time. He is also an unselfish player who is often on hand to give the scoring pass to others.

As well as he played, this match was also notable for the performance of the guy on the other wing.

Ovi Gilder has, as they say, pace to burn. With his very first touch of the ball in senior rugby he began an arcing run before cutting back inside and leaving the cover for dead. No-one got near him.

Moments later, chasing a long George Leeson kick, he nailed the full back with a thunderous tackle. He's still 18 years old and has much to learn but the Kelham Road crowd may have witnessed the birth of a new star.

It's not been an easy season for Worksop, whose last victory was the first game in September. They've had to swallow some particularly galling narrow defeats against a couple of local North Notts rivals and it was their ill luck to come up against a Newark side which seemed determined to compensate for the recent painful loss at Southwell.

Within 15 minutes Newark had opened up a 26 point lead through tries from Partidge (2), Gilder and Rhys Overland - this time playing at outside centre. Worksop did pull one back following a long range breakout from fly half Kiel Billam - the third generation of his family to play for Worksop. But Alex Hales went over to make it 37-7 after another flowing move and swift interpassing between forwards and backs.

Although our scrum was pretty solid all game , the visitors' number eight stole the ball from the base and broke free to add Worksop's second try before Robbie Hunter-Shaw took a pass from Partridge to score Newark's sixth. Gilder added his second after juggling a pass to race away out wide.

Worksop then went over again - breaking from a ruck to make the half time score 41-21.

An awful start to the second half saw Worksop secure their bonus point after Newark were forced to make a number of desperate tryline tackles on some big forwards. A third Partridge try restored a measure of calm and a powerful midfield break from number 8 Matt Christian eventually led Gilder's hat trick score.

Pete Usher then crossed to take Newark's try count into double figures before a delayed Leeson pass created an easy run in for Partridge's final try.

This was an impressive victory built, as ever, on set piece solidity with Leeson and Chris Tate calling the shots in the backs. There were plenty of flowing moves with crisp passing and nice lines run at pace.

As the old cliche goes: It's the forwards who decide who wins and loses - it's the backs who decide by how much. Nine of those 11 tries were scored by the backline - seven of them by the wingers.

Tries: Tom Partridge (4), Ovi Gilder (3), Robbie Hunter-Shaw, Rhys Overland, Alex Hales, Pete Usher
Conversions: George Leeson (4)







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Match details

Match date

Sat 12, Nov 2022




Counties 3 Midlands East (N) East

League position

Newark II