Hendo realistic as Whites prepare to tackle leaders
NEWTON Abbot supporters have been warned not to expect another try bonanza when Weston visit Rackerhayes this Saturday.
The All Whites ran riot last time out, piling up 11 tries to one on their way to a 71-7 win over Malvern.
Weston have a perfect record at the top of the table – not a point dropped yet – and will present a far more formidable proposition than Malvern.
"It will be a bit different this weekend, that's for sure," said Newton's director of rugby Roy Henderson.
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"One or two folk in our division were saying Weston's position was false as their first four games were against teams down at the bottom of the table.
"Since they put 45 points on Barnstaple last Saturday, who are nothing like a bottom-of-the-table side, I imagine a few opinions have been modified."
Newton hope to have centre Stephen Ward and flanker James Head back for the match against Weston.
Newton's 11 tries against Weston were shared by Josh Smith (2), Alex Moore, Ed McGinley, Kev Dennis, Jake Monnington, Nic Holt, Brett Stroud, Alex Gale (2) and Rob Avery-Wright, who converted eight of them.
NEWTON Abbot 2nd XV notched their third Devon Merit Table success via a 36-3 win at Ivybridge.
Fly-half Neil Johns picked up a couple of tries whilst singles were credited to Mike Saxton, Aiden Messer, Dan Sanders and Ian Milton.
Saxton booted over a couple of conversions and scrum half James Aggett kicked another.
It was an all Hooper show at Homers Lane where Newton Thirds slipped to a 13-11 defeat at the hands of Totnes Quins.
Fly-half Paul Hooper scored all the home points with a try and a couple of penalties; however this was bettered by opposite number Mark Hooper, who converted his own try plus kicking two penalties.
The Colts were defeated 56-5 at Kingsbridge with only a try from centre Torrin Stone to show for their efforts.
This Saturday the Second XV are at Paignton, the Thirds travel to Tavistock and the Colts welcome Torquay to Homers Lane.
TEIGNMOUTH U14s came out on top in a closely-fought local derby with Newton Abbot at Bitton Park – winning 32-19.
The home side were quicker out of the blocks and took the lead in the seventh minute with a left-wing try from Ben Horrell.
Their lead was then doubled four minutes later when No.8 Fred Fearnley touched down in the corner.
Newton forced their way back into the game and were rewarded midway through the half when Will Sanders-Wright barged his way over. Cameron Fogden's conversion reduced the deficit further.
More pressure from the All Whites saw them take the lead as James Bright finished a good passing move with a try which was converted by Fogden.
It was now Teignmouth's turn to fight their way back and they restored their lead just before the break.
A good attack down the right was initially stopped by some good Newton defending but from the breakdown Jason Jervis found a way through to score under the posts. Tom Masters kicked the extras for a 17-14 half-time lead.
The hosts were first to show in the second period and good pressure down the left saw Horrell go over for his second of the game.
The end-to-end battle continued when Newton won possession from the restart. After a few good phases the ball found its way to winger Bright on the left who fought off a couple of tacklers to score his tenth try of the season. At 22-19 it was 'game on'.
But for the Whites that was as good as it got. The Teigns grabbed the initiative once again and increased their advantage towards the end with a couple of well-worked tries for centre Masters.