Newent show no mercy to ease past Kingswood
Newent 36 Kingswood 0
NEWENT dug deep and showed grit and determination to emerge victorious in this Gloucester One clash against a physical Kingswood outfit.
The Newent pressure finally produced results when on 25 minutes a solid scrum set the platform for a surge into the visitors 22.
The ball was quickly recycled and openside George Phelps was on hand to break a tackle and outstrip the defence for a trademark try for the flanker.
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Joe Goatley duly added the deserts to give his side a seven-point lead and that was how it stayed until the break with a 7-0 advantage.
Within the first seven minutes of the second period Kingswood were down to 13 men following two yellow cards for foul play.
Arguably one should have been red as the deliberate use of a knee into an opposition player’s head has no place on the rugby field.
Goatley made the visitors pay for their disgraceful behaviour by kicking a penalty to take his side into a 10-0 lead.
On 55 minutes Newent newcomer Barney Goatley crashed through a cluster of defenders to score under the posts and older brother Joe putting his side 17-0 ahead.
On one of the rare occasions Kingswood ventured into Newent territory, the ball was turned over and James Dean put up a high ball into opposition territory.
Ross Webb followed up with a big tackle, causing the ball to be spilled and Dean exploded through an opening to run in for the host’s third try.
Goatley duly converted and Newent had moved into what looked like an unassailable 24-0 lead.
Newent were now scenting the bonus point and two minutes later Phelps produced a truly remarkable piece of skill to oblige.
Going flat out on the opposition 22, he scooped the ball off his bootlaces one handed without breaking stride and outflanked the cover defence to run down the touchline and dive in at the corner.
Goatley made a very difficult conversion look easy with a huge kick from the touchline that sailed between the posts.
A minute later the irresistible Dean was at it again when the Newent eight produced quick ball.
That allowed him to shred the defence with a sniping run from 20 metres to score his second and Newent’s fifth try to take the score to 36-0.