Ten-try success for rampant Newent

Ledbury Reporter: Ten-try success for rampant Newent Ten-try success for rampant Newent

LEADERS Newent ran in 10 tries against Frampton Cotterell to triumph 66-0 in the Gloucester Premier Division.

For the first time since early December, they found themselves on a firm pitch in decent weather after switching to Newent School and it inspired them to play at their dynamic best.

Frampton were well-organised opponents, who forced Newent to demonstrate their defensive ability at times, and competitive at the breakdown and line-out.

But they were comprehensively out-scrummaged and, despite dogged defence, had no answer to Newent’s pace and ball retention.

Newent took an early lead when Joe Goatley kicked a penalty to the corner and tighthead prop Chris Steward barged his way over from the line-out.

They added to their account when intense pressure, set up by a run from Dom Matthews, ended with number eight John Duffin crashing over from close range.

The third try, just after the half-hour mark, came as skipper Tristan Veale charged into the Frampton 22 and Goatley slid through a gap to touch down by the posts before adding the conversion.

Frampton’s hooker received a yellow card for a punch and Newent secured the try-bonus point in injury-time through Goatley after a rampaging run from Fred Nottingham. The conversion made it 24-0 at half-time.

In the second period, Ross Webb fed Matthews for an unopposed run-in and Brett Gardner finished off a fine move with Goatley converting both.

The next try stemmed from Newent’s scrum dominance and Matthews hacked on to win the race to touch down with Goatley adding the extras.

Duffin crashed over for another well-converted effort and Goatley landed the kick again after setting up Gardiner's second try.

They then combined again for Gardner's hat-trick with Goatley's final two points completing the scoring.

Newent visit Tewkesbury in the league on Saturday.

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