Newport 1st XV Rugby Match Report Saturday 19th September 2009-09-21
Fixture Kenilworth (AWAY) 3 PM
Author Simon Holland
“Positive Performance Leaves Newport Short”
Kenilworth 19 - Newport 14
Newport travelled to Kenilworth last Saturday for their 3rd match this season in
the newly formed and highly competitive „National 3 Midlands‟ League. With the
weather proving to be ideally suited to Newport‟s open and exciting game plan,
they ran out to a well kept pitch, surrounded by excited supporters aplenty from
The game started as it was to continue - highly paced, with neither side nothing
but desperate for the first points. Newport‟s game plan was proving successful in
the opening phases, with them retaining possession and winning the territorial
battle, seeing them with the ball in hand well into the opposition‟s half. There
seemed to be a renewed level of urgency about the team, missing the previous
week, but after a sustained period of pressure from the boys, much against the
run of play, the Kenilworth backs exploited a gap in defence to go over for the
first points – Successfully converted, leaving the score @ 7-0 to the home side.
Newport, not phased in the slightest by this score, came right back at the home
side, seeing their bigger ball carriers crashing into the Kenilworth defence,
drawing in defenders and creating gaps. This culminated with Newport putting
some fast phases of play together just outside the Kenilworth 22 metre line, with
Ben Warrilow at scrum half moving the ball intelligently until the inevitable – Yet
another breach of the gain line with a committed and well angled supporting run
from lock Jonny Stiles, saw him crash over for the try which Tomasi Tanumi
converted. 20 mins gone with the score line 7-7, and everything to play for.
With Newport fired up, they re-started in the same fashion, applying yet more
sustained pressure on the home side, with Newport forwards working their way
back into the opponent‟s half, producing quality ball going forward – Exactly what
they needed to see the back line moving the ball to Tomasi Tanumi, to do what
he does best, standing up both centres with a calculated offload to Toby Mann
running in at pace, who in turn delivered an impeccable 20 yard pass to the
newly signed Rob Clymer who took his chance well to complete the movement
putting through Matt Curgenven to go over the line from 30 yards. Tanumi added
the conversion to see Newport take a 7 point lead.
Newport‟s hopes of finishing the half ahead were dashed when the influential
Kenilworth left winger broke through a tackle and offloaded the ball skilfully to
see Kenilworth going over in the corner for an unconverted try. Newport lead 14-
12 at the close of the first half.
The pace of the first half was matched from the restart, with Newport‟s Adam
Faulkner looking dangerous on the left wing and being stopped just yards from
the line. After some exciting half breaks from Matt Curgenven at fly half, Rob
Clymer had his 2nd big break of the day, running 50 yards, only to be brought
down 10 metres from the line with, unfortunately, no support player available so
the chance went missing. It was now Kenilworth‟s chance to apply some
pressure, seeing Newport camped on their own line, but they kept their discipline
and worked hard to produce some great defence resulting in Morgan Sikanen
scrapping for the ball and producing one of a number of turnovers.
Fresh legs were brought on with Neil Poole replacing Jack Wells at hooker and
Adam Stevens replacing Adam Faulkner on the left wing.
An offside infringement from Newport saw Kenilworth kicking for goal, but
missing, with Newport retaining the lead but not for long. Kenilworth backs put
together a smooth move to see a supporting forward going over for the try and
leaving Newport trailing 19-14. Despite some last minute chances for Newport,
that was to be the final score, seeing Newport clinching a bonus point by losing
by less than 7 points – A disappointing end to an exciting display of rugby.
Newport hope to build on this performance, facing Kettering for their 2nd home
match this season, at home, with a 3pm kick off.