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1st XV - Match centre

Novocastrians
Whitby
J Stacey, N Bellamy, S Busby (3), H Wilson, S Stewart, B Merrett
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
S Stewart (7)
Conversions
Unknown
Penalties
Unknown
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division one Full time

Novos 54, Whitby 15 - Ready For Next Challenge

Determination to improve shown as Novos were disappointed in some of their play, despite a convincing win on the scoreboard.

We welcomed Whitby to Sutherland Park on Saturday after an improved performance against Gateshead last week saw them earn a losing bonus point. Changes were made from Novos due to unavailability of Jonny Ward, Ben Wollerton, Jez Nash and Tom Cox. In came, James Bass, Nick Bellamy, Ben Kelly from the two's and Ben Merrett after a fine display for our vets last Friday.

Whitby started the game well on the back of a good scrum and a few penalties for not rolling the went into the lead with a well struck penalty into the wind. Whitby 3, Novos 0.

We finally started playing with a bit of tempo as Pete Twentyman took a quick tap and drove us forward. Then Josh Stacey broke through a tackle to carry the 9 and 15 over the try line on his back. Conversion added by Shaun Stewart. From the kick off we turned the ball over after a big hit by Chris Law. The ball was moved to Sam Busby who tore down field before off loading on the inside for Nick Bellamy to score his first try for his new club. Conversion added by Stewart. Novos 14, Whitby 3.

Whitby failed to get the kick off ten metres so we were awarded a midfield scrum. We went right with a great long pass from Paddy Sowter hitting Busby out in front. Too much gas as he rounded the defender before stepping the fullback. Novos 21, Whitby 3 as Stewart kicked the easy conversion.

Despite the score line we were not responding to the refs instructions at times as Alex Littlefair was shown a yellow for not rolling away. The ref setting out that he wanted the breakdown clear as it was only our fourth penalty the game. Whitby used the man advantage to power over through their decent forward pack. The kick was definitely missed to make it Novos 21, Whitby 8.

We regained the initiative after some good defending drove the Whitby lads pack and we got a few turnovers from holding on. Again, we pressed hard as a speculative pass was plucked out of the air by Busby for his second score. Conversion added by Stewart from out in front. Novos up 28-8 at half time.

Novos had a plan regarding playing into the wind in the second half as Henry Wilson made his debut allowing Busby to move back to 15. However, our play looked some what disjointed as we lacked cohesion at times. Whitby scored with and intercepted pass to make it 28-15 and the visitors lifting their spirits. However, that would be their last points as Novos finally got back into gear and took on Whitby around the edges.

Nick Bellamy put in Henry Wilson for his first try for Novos with Stewart kicking the conversion from out wide and into the breeze. In quick session Sam Busby completed his hat-trick and Shaun Stewart scored to cap a fine display. The final score went to Ben Merrett who made a fine cameo off the bench as expected. Stewart kicked two out of the last three conversions to make the final score 54-15.

To the Whitby boys - best of luck for the rest of the season. Scrum dominated us but perhaps fell away in the latter stages to allow us a platform to have a go. Be intriguing if your league position is improved on the final day as I definitely had your score at 15 not 17 as the ref recorded it.

Thank you to the ref - penalty count was 7-7 which has to be the lowest total in my 20 years of rugby in England ! Liked the way he set his tone early doors at the breakdown which perhaps led to the low penalty count. Would like to see you develop your application of advantage but a good performance from the man in the middle.

Our boys - decent scoreboard and great to see a few of us realise that we still have a lot to develop. Some great tackling form Chris Law, Alex Littlefair and George Bambrick led the way. Paddy Sowter's distribution was key on a windy day and allowed time for our outside backs. I though the lads coming up from the two's played well and it was great to see Ben Merrett back in the squad. Sam Busby's three tries proved costly for him once again and Shaun Stewart was awesome at 12.

Man of the Match - Paddy Sowter
Richard of the Match - Nick Bellamy for slapping himself in the face after he missed touch

Great to hear that the 2's won at Boro and the 3's never gave up against a strong Berwick 2's side. Great environment at the club on Saturday night but a massive task ahead for the 1's as we travel to Barnard Castle next week. Haven't won their for a while but they did lose to an improving Gateshead side yesterday.

See you at training - Up The Vos !

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

5:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Whitby
10:00
Try Josh Stacey scores for Novocastrians
11:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
15:00
Try Nicholas Bellamy scores for Novocastrians
16:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
25:00
Try Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
26:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
35:00
Try Try for Whitby
39:00
Try Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
40:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
42:00
Try Try for Whitby
43:00
Conversion Conversion for Whitby
50:00
Try Henry Wilson scores for Novocastrians
51:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
60:00
Try Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
65:00
Try Shaun Stewart scores for Novocastrians
66:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
75:00
Try Ben Merrett scores for Novocastrians
76:00
Conversion Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 54 - 15
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
75:00 Try 52 - 15
Ben Merrett scores for Novocastrians
66:00 Conversion 47 - 15
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
65:00 Try 45 - 15
Shaun Stewart scores for Novocastrians
60:00 Try 40 - 15
Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
51:00 Conversion 35 - 15
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
50:00 Try 33 - 15
Henry Wilson scores for Novocastrians
43:00 Conversion 28 - 15
Conversion for Whitby
42:00 Try 28 - 13
Try for Whitby
40:00 Conversion 28 - 8
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
End of period 1
39:00 Try 26 - 8
Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
35:00 Try 21 - 8
Try for Whitby
30:00 Yellow Card
Alex Littlefair is yellow carded for Novocastrians
26:00 Conversion 21 - 3
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
25:00 Try 19 - 3
Sam Busby scores for Novocastrians
16:00 Conversion 14 - 3
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
15:00 Try 12 - 3
Nicholas Bellamy scores for Novocastrians
11:00 Conversion 7 - 3
Shaun Stewart kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
10:00 Try 5 - 3
Josh Stacey scores for Novocastrians
5:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Whitby
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As it happened

  • Novocastrians
  • Whitby
  • 0
  • Penalty 5:00'
  • Josh Stacey Try 10:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 11:00'
  • Nicholas Bellamy Try 15:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 16:00'
  • Sam Busby Try 25:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 26:00'
  • Alex Littlefair Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Sam Busby Try 39:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 40:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • Henry Wilson Try 50:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 51:00'
  • Sam Busby Try 60:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Try 65:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 66:00'
  • Ben Merrett Try 75:00'
  • Shaun Stewart Conversion 76:00'

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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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