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1st XV - Match centre

Ponteland
Novocastrians
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Tries
A MacDonald, S Busby (3), J Stacey, T Cox (2), D Shuttleworth, G Bambrick, J Ward
Unknown
Conversions
S Stewart (4), G Humphreyson (2)
Unknown
Penalties
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division one Full time

Novos 62 , Ponteland 20 - Novos Blow Ponteland Away

Novos scored 19 pts in the first 12 mins on their way to a resounding 62-20 victory at Ponteland. Up the Vos !

A decent week of prep done and not many changes to the side that beat Stockton at home last Saturday. Josh Stacey came in for Luke Menzfeld and Tom Cox making his debut from the bench after two fine performances for the 2's.

The weeks prep came to the fore as Novos rocked Ponteland from the off as we went at them upfront getting over the gain line on almost every carry. This perhaps caught Ponteland by surprise as a planned move saw our forwards outflank their opponents allowing Adam McDonald to crash over after just three mins.

Our second try was again created up front as Sean Ramsay was making some yardage around the ruck. This created a mismatch for Rich Harrison to glide around their prop before putting through a well weighted grubber for Sam Busby to score. Conversion added by Shaun Stewart to make it 12-0.

After 12 mins we were in again as Harrison kicked to the corner and we out flanked our opponents for the second time from the set piece for Josh Stacey to score. Another planned score although Stacey was really supposed to have gone round the corner as the ball found him rather than he found the ball ! Conversion added by Stewart, 19-0 and time for Ponteland to wake from their slumber.

The next 20 mins was very competitive as both sides had moments but no further scores were added. Until Alex Littlefair put debutant Tom Cox in under the posts after a great pass whilst under pressure. Half time score 26-0 after Stewart added an easy conversion.

We were never going to have everything our own way and Ponteland rallied. It was their turn to dominate the gain line and they got in behind us. We scrambled but were short in behind and their 15 put through an excellent grubber for score. It was obvious that he had been well schooled in the art of kicking to space by a knowledgeable teacher !! Conversion added and some more decent rugby won them a kickable penalty to make it 26-10 game on.

With Ponteland showing signs of revival we upped the ante and put numbers into the breakdown. We were rewarded with winning the numbers game as Ponteland had to commit attackers to win the ball. Then once they moved it we were able to win several pens jackaling the ball. From one of these penalties at half way Harrison kicked into the corner. From the five metre lineout we rumbled over for Daniel Shuttleworth to score. 31-10 to Novos after 52 mins.

Our next try came from another Ponteland turnover as Sam Busby crashed over out wide for a 36-10 score line. A nice moment in the match then occurred as Busby scorched up the middle from a Euan Duncan off load. He put away George Bambrick for his first senior try which he celebrated all the way to the line. Conversion added by Stewart 43-10.

Our next try was a joy to watch as Littlefair grabbed another Ponteland lineout, this one on our own 5m. We carried it forward through McDonald. On the next play it would've been easier to kick or carry but Jez Nash made a great shout for the ball to be moved out the back. An unstructured defence was torn apart as Busby ran one in from 70m. Conversion added by Greg Humphreyson. 50-10

Ponteland grabbed the next score as they went seeking a consolation bonus point to make it 50-15. they would need two tries in the last 8 mins but would only get one more to be denied by Novos.

Our last two tries were by Tom Cox and Jonny Ward who ran in another 70-80m try to make the final score 62-10 as a conversion was added by Humphreyson.

A real complete team performance as the things we worked on in training were executed beautifully. Our forwards dominated the gain line battle for most of the match creating space and time for our backs. The set piece was solid on our ball and we nicked a load of their lineouts via Alex Littlefair. When they did secure possession and our tackle quality was good jackalers like Sean Ramsay, Jez Nash and Pete Twentyman won us the ball back. Paddy Sowter and Rich Harrison led us round the field very well but were given a front foot ride by our dominant pack. Out wide we showed some real pace and Jez Nash made some great decisions in attack

Man of the Match was young Adam McDonald who had hoped for a good performance as their is some competition for shirts in the pack at the moment. Sam Busby despite his try scoring prowess was awarded Richard of the Day for looking to put a kick through but missed the ball.

Ponteland lads - two good performances against City and Gateshead and we really invested in starting well to ensure you didn't stay on a roll for long. Hopefully, you will bounce back next week and I enjoyed catching up with your county rep in Larry Mew as well as buying Old Allanian Oscar Redman a pint.

Thank you to Paul Minto for officiating. It was a very open game and I am sure you got your steps done for the day !

Next week we have a match at home to Whitby. As newcomers to the league they will have targeted certain opponents for wins and based on last seasons placing I am sure we are one of them. So back to work it is to avoid complacency in what will be a much changed side by the time Saturday comes around.

A good weekend of rugby for the Vos as we won 3 out of our 4 fixtures and shared a few beers together after the 1800 speeches.

Up the Vos !!

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

3:00
Try Adam MacDonald scores for Novocastrians
5:00
Try Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
6:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
12:00
Try Josh Stacey scores for Novocastrians
13:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
38:00
Try Tom Cox scores for Novocastrians
39:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
40:00 +41:00
Try Try for Ponteland
42:00
Try Try for Ponteland
43:00
Conversion Conversion for Ponteland
49:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Ponteland
52:00
Try Daniel Shuttleworth scores for Novocastrians
56:00
Try Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
57:00
Try George Bambrick scores for Novocastrians
58:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
70:00
Try Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
71:00
Conversion Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
72:00
Try Try for Ponteland
78:00
Try Tom Cox scores for Novocastrians
79:00
Conversion Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
80:00
Try Jonny Ward scores for Novocastrians

Highlights

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80:00 Try 15 - 62
Jonny Ward scores for Novocastrians
79:00 Conversion 15 - 57
Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
78:00 Try 15 - 55
Tom Cox scores for Novocastrians
72:00 Try 15 - 50
Try for Ponteland
71:00 Conversion 10 - 50
Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
70:00 Try 10 - 48
Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
58:00 Conversion 10 - 43
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
57:00 Try 10 - 41
George Bambrick scores for Novocastrians
56:00 Try 10 - 36
Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
52:00 Try 10 - 31
Daniel Shuttleworth scores for Novocastrians
49:00 Penalty 10 - 26
Penalty kicked for Ponteland
43:00 Conversion 7 - 26
Conversion for Ponteland
42:00 Try 5 - 26
Try for Ponteland
End of period 1
40:00 +41:00 Try 20 - 62
Try for Ponteland
39:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
38:00 Try 0 - 24
Tom Cox scores for Novocastrians
13:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
12:00 Try 0 - 17
Josh Stacey scores for Novocastrians
6:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
5:00 Try 0 - 10
Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
3:00 Try 0 - 5
Adam MacDonald scores for Novocastrians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ponteland
  • Novocastrians
  • 0
  • Adam MacDonald Try 3:00'
  • Sam Busby Try 5:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 6:00'
  • Josh Stacey Try 12:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 13:00'
  • Tom Cox Try 38:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 39:00'
  • Try 40:00 +41:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • Penalty 49:00'
  • Daniel Shuttleworth Try 52:00'
  • Sam Busby Try 56:00'
  • George Bambrick Try 57:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 58:00'
  • Sam Busby Try 70:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Conversion 71:00'
  • Try 72:00'
  • Tom Cox Try 78:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Conversion 79:00'
  • Jonny Ward Try 80:00'

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Other Durham/ Northumberland Division one results

Horden and Peterlee
23
10
29
53
Northern
West Hartlepool
27
12
Whitby
24
39

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Northern 14 67
2. Durham City 14 60
3. West Hartlepool 14 60
4. Stockton 14 55
5. South Shields Westoe 14 43
6. Novocastrians 14 42
7. Barnard Castle 13 37

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