All Whites romp to 10-try triumph – but pay a price
NEWTON Abbot have been left with an injury problem in the wake of their 62-21 win at Maidenhead.
Wingmen Josh Smith and Ed McGinley shared six tries between them – four for Smith, two for McGinley – in the 10-try romp.
Neither of Newton's speedsters finished the game though as Smith suffered a recurrence of a shoulder injury and McGinley went off with suspected cracked ribs. Both are unlikely to play against Malvern at Rackerhayes this Saturday.
And a number of Newton players finished with friction burns of one sort or another courtesy of the new 3G artificial pitch at the Braywick Park stadium.
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Newton were the first side to play Maidenhead on their new £500,000 pitch, and had been assured by their hosts it wouldn't bite.
"We were told it wouldn't burn, but the evidence in the dressing room afterwards suggests otherwise," said director of rugby Roy Henderson.
"A lot of the lads came of with burn marks on their faces and other parts. To play on the pitch was great, but not if you went down on it in a tackle. Perhaps it will settle down as it beds in?"
The new pitch was the centre of attention when Newton arrived in Berkshire with assorted dignitaries there for the occasion.
"The mayor was in attendance, there were speeches and a fair-crowd watching what was Maidenhead's big day," said Henderson.
"It would have been very easy for us to get caught up in at all and lose the focus of our reason for being there: to win a game of rugby.
"We were a bit slow for the first 20 minutes, but once we got into our stride Maidenhead struggled to live with us.
"By the 33rd minute we had our fourth try and the bonus point and we scored consistently through the second half."
Newton Abbot's first half tries were scored by Dean Avery, Lloyd Radford and Smith with a brace. Rob Avery-Wright booted over one conversion.
The second half opened with Ben Cole getting over for Avery-Wright to convert.
McGinley got two in a row, so did Smith then Brett Stroud forced his way over. Scrum-half Matt Newman claimed the final try. Avery-Wright finished with six conversions.
NEWTON Abbot 2nd XV overwhelmed Okehampton 71-5 in a Merit Table game with No.8 Vic Norman bagging four tries.
There were two for Ian Milton at lock and singles for James Aggett, Kevin Dennis against his former club, George Heath and Joe Bramley.
Dennis kicked seven conversions and Ben Scott an eighth.
Mickey Edworthy kicked a consolation penalty for Newton Abbot Colts in their 11-3 reversal by Paignton.