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All Whites - Match centre

Newton Abbot
Newbury Blues
J Harris, D Avery, M Dowrick, J Vickridge, M Jess
Tries
O Avery-Wright
Conversions
Sat 28 Apr 14:30 - South West Division - South West Premier Full time

SOUTH WEST PREMIER

Newton Abbot 27 – Newbury Blues 48

Neither club got what they were looking for in this end of season game with Newbury particularly disappointed, as in spite of winning with a bonus point they were relegated regardless. And the All Whites had to settle for fourth spot, a best ever third was available, after concluding their season with an unprecedented run of seven defeats.
The “All Whites” made the perfect start with a well worked lineout move putting No 8 Jarryd Harris over for a third minute try. However within five minutes the visitors went in front and stayed there for the duration.
It was the Blues turn to bank a lineout try with flanker Josh Winfield crossing for Michael West to convert for 5-7 lead. Newton claimed the ball back from the restart but a subsequent knock on caused a scrum from which Newbury ran in a try from 60 metres with full-back Josh Bartlett finishing off the move.
A cross kick for Newbury, coupled with a wicked bounce and neat off-load paved the way for Newbury’s third try dotted down by No 8 Alex Miller.
Newton soon hit back, Jake Monnington intercepted on the half-way line but was tapped tackled with the line at his mercy. However a high tackle in the follow up phases led to a kick to the corner. The initial lineout surge was stopped but captain Dean Avery dummied in from short range, to leave his side trailing 10-17.
Matt Jess, in his first game since December, then made a break up the middle, Josh Smith carried the move on and when the ball was moved left from the ruck a try seemed likely. A seven pointer would have levelled but visiting centre Josh Love intercepted ten metres form his own line to set up his co midfielder Dan Thorne for an under the posts try that West converted. What could have been 17 all became 24-10 at a crucial moment in the game.
Just on half time things went from bad to worse for Newton with Newbury following up their bonus point try with a second from Miller that put the Berkshire outfit 10-29 up at the turn.
After the break the visitors were quickly in their stride as try number six was added with replacement forward Rory Jones taking advantage of some weak home tackling to score under the posts for fly-half West to add the extras.
Two tries in the space of five minutes got Newton back in the game as well as adding another bonus point to their tally. Young Centre Cameron Fogden had a hand in both scores. A long pass put prop Matt Dowrick over the line before a neat half break and a sleight of hand pass enabled flanker Josh Vickridge to score.
In spite of these tries, Newton were still well behind as none of the conversion attempts by the usually accurate Avery-Wright brothers, Ollie and Rob, found their targets. A try for Newton at this stage would have made things interesting, but Newbury via winger James Fletcher went further ahead with another try.
About this time news began to filter through that Exmouth had also built up a bonus point lead - they went on to beat Camborne 59-19 - which meant Newbury’s efforts were in vain. Nonetheless, they went on to claim another try through scrum half Joe Pigott which his half- back partner converted for a 20-48 lead.
Jess concluded the scoring with an injury time try that Rob Avery-Wright converted with a drop kick but this was definitely a case if too little too late.
In spite of losing their last seven games the All Whites finished a very creditable fourth, which equalled their best ever placing in a very competitive league. However up until Christmas and beyond Newton had been going toe to toe with Dings Crusaders at the top of the table only just losing to the eventual champions 17-14 in January.
The long losing run ruled out promotion and work will have to be done during the summer to get back to winning ways for the new season ahead which promises to be as tough as the one just finished.
There was sympathy for Newbury from both sets of supporters as in spite of winning thirteen games, as many as third placed Maidenhead, they went down along with Hornets and Lydney. If they retain their current squad then Newbury are likely to be back in South West Premier for the start of the 2019/20 season.

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Josh Vickridge

Player of the Match

Josh Vickridge

Key moments

2:00
Try Jarryd Harris scores for Newton Abbot
30:00
Try Dean Avery scores for Newton Abbot
31:00
Conversion Ollie Avery-Wright kicks a conversion for Newton Abbot
45:00
Try Mat Dowrick scores for Newton Abbot
48:00
Try Josh Vickridge scores for Newton Abbot
75:00
Try Matt Jess scores for Newton Abbot

Highlights

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80:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Josh Vickridge is awarded player of the match for Newton Abbot
76:00 Missed Conversion
Rob Avery-Wright misses a conversion for Newton Abbot
75:00 Try 27 - 0
Matt Jess scores for Newton Abbot
60:00 Sub On
Jake Monnington is substituted on for Newton Abbot
60:00 Sub Off
James McQuillan is substituted off for Newton Abbot
58:00 Sub On
Jake Sololoski is substituted on for Newton Abbot
58:00 Sub Off
Josh Smith is substituted off for Newton Abbot
49:00 Missed Conversion
Rob Avery-Wright misses a conversion for Newton Abbot
48:00 Try 22 - 0
Josh Vickridge scores for Newton Abbot
46:00 Missed Conversion
Rob Avery-Wright misses a conversion for Newton Abbot
45:00 Try 17 - 0
Mat Dowrick scores for Newton Abbot
40:00 Sub On
Rob Avery-Wright is substituted on for Newton Abbot
40:00 Sub Off
Jake Monnington is substituted off for Newton Abbot
End of period 1
35:00 Sub On
James McQuillan is substituted on for Newton Abbot
35:00 Sub Off
Jarryd Harris is substituted off for Newton Abbot
31:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Ollie Avery-Wright kicks a conversion for Newton Abbot
30:00 Try 10 - 0
Dean Avery scores for Newton Abbot
3:00 Missed Conversion
Ollie Avery-Wright misses a conversion for Newton Abbot
2:00 Try 5 - 0
Jarryd Harris scores for Newton Abbot
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As it happened

  • Newton Abbot
  • Newbury Blues
  • 0
  • Jarryd Harris Try 2:00'
  • Dean Avery Try 30:00'
  • Ollie Avery-Wright Conversion 31:00'
  • James McQuillan Sub On 35:00'
  • Jarryd Harris Sub Off 35:00'
  • Rob Avery-Wright Sub On 40:00'
  • Jake Monnington Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mat Dowrick Try 45:00'
  • Josh Vickridge Try 48:00'
  • Jake Sololoski Sub On 58:00'
  • Josh Smith Sub Off 58:00'
  • Jake Monnington Sub On 60:00'
  • James McQuillan Sub Off 60:00'
  • Matt Jess Try 75:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Dings Crusaders 26 100
2. Bournemouth 26 83
3. Maidenhead 26 74
4. Newton Abbot 26 70
5. Cleve 26 69
6. Bracknell 26 69
7. Camborne 26 66

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