Sussex Shepherd Neame Leagues – Sussex Division 2 (Canterbury Jack)
With a changed Newick side that featured another debut and the return of some old faces there was excitement around the club as they hosted a VP’s dinner.
Newick started strongly dominating set piece and kicking territory brilliantly, playing rugby in the right areas of the pitch.
With a sublime flick through his own legs Jonathan Weeks released Ben Woods to open the scoring with a try in the corner.
Shortly later and again at the centre of play Jonathan Weeks fed the rampaging David Woods on a pre-called play who carried 2 defenders with him over the line.
The Eastbourne pack did their best to stem the flow but after more pressure from the hungry Newick pack, debutant Joel Franklin crossed the line from a series of aggressive rucks.
The Newick backline were enjoying life just as much, breaking the gainline at will and making life very difficult for their opposition numbers.
The memorable moment from the 1st half was the huge carry from Joe Waylett who left the opposition prop flat on his back wondering how the smallest player levelled him.
At half time there was a change of referee due to injury so the break was longer than usual but Newick were straight back to it.
The freshly introduced James Waylett collected a sublime chip over from Jordan Whiting and fed Tyler Smith who ran in a brilliant try under the posts.
The new referee was keen to stamp out any talking in the game marched Newick back several times but still Newick came and a perfectly weighted ball from Jordan Whiting sent George Russell crashing though the centres and a well timed side step saw him over the line under the posts.
Not to be outdone by his centre partner Tyler Smith broke the defensive line and ran in a brilliant solo try from 45 metres out.
The introduction of Dean Watson reinvigorated the Newick pack once again and brought with it some huge tackles and aggressive running.
Newick finished the game with the opportunity to kick the ball out but as is the will of this team they wanted to play on and a penalty awarded 5 metres out gave Jonathan Weeks the chance to throw the dummy and cross the whitewash.
Final Score Newick 43 – 0 Eastbourne II
Newick host Pulborough II’s next week in a must win game if they are to maintain the push for promotion.
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