Wednesday 15th October 2015
This was our first home game since the start of the season. The game was played in very difficult circumstances due to the constant down pour of rain. That being said, the standard of rugby that both teams provided was excellent resulting in 9 tries being scored.
The first half was very tight. An early try from the visitors was against the run of play. Newport dominated the early exchanges but a handling mistake allowed Llandrillo outside half Rhun Williams to break away and score their first try.
Our response was immediate though, with a great try scored in the corner from Connor Edwards.
Llandrillo had a 5 minute spell in our 22. They were impressive with their continuous attack. However, the defence from Newport was immense. The attack began near our line and finished just outside the 22 metre mark. Newport had hit them back repeatedly to gain 20 metres in their defensive effort.
This set a physical tone for the game, and Connor Edwards showed his strength to exploit a gap in the defence and score. This was converted by Josh Malson giving a half time score of 12 – 7.
The second half saw an early try scored by Connor Shefford. Finishing a great passage of interplay down the left hand side of the pitch.
Llandrillo responded again with a converted try from the impressive Rhun Williams. The game was still close, but a driving line out from Newport saw the captain Nathan Hudd score.
Llandrillo responded in the 58th minute with a try from Sam Hughes. Newport would have ben disappointed to have conceded this one. They stopped a driving lineout attempt from Llandrillo, but were beaten by a quick pick and go by Llandrillo.
It was around this time that the rain stopped. This allowed Newport to take advantage of over laps they were creating. They scored a further two tries. One came from Samuel Ireland, who kicked and chased his own kick to score and another from Connor Shefford, again popping up in wide play to score in the corner.
The game was not finished there. The referee had one more minute of time to play. In this time Llandrillo managed to scorer again. Rhun Williams scoring to finish off an impressive game himself.
The score was 34 – 24 to Newport High School. Great win in exceptional conditions.