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Date: Wednesday 24th Sept 2014
Vnue: Taff Wells RFC
Result: 48 – 0
The Junior Academy travelled to Taff Wells RFC yesterday to play Coleg Y Cymoedd. The game was played under good conditions and both teams endeavoured to keep the ball alive.
Cymoedd were very impressive with the way they kept possession and too often than not, found overlaps against our defence.
Despite our best efforts and some great defensive cover tackling by the team, Cymoedd managed to exploit the overlaps and score tries. This gave them a first half lead of 22 points.
The attitude of the boys at half time was positive because there was a belief that the lead was redeemable. It was recognised that a lot of first up tackles had been missed and if this was corrected then there was a chance to reduce the deficit in the second half.
An energised start to the second half by Newport pressured the Cymoedd defence. Despite our best efforts, Cymoedd managed to hold off our attack and after an error at the line out, managed to break away and score.
The score board doesn’t reflect how hard Newport worked in defence but in the end they were too strong for us THIS TIME around.
Llandovery.College vs. Newport High School Junior Academy
Kick Off 14.30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014
Result: Llandovery College 31. – 24. Newport High School Junior Academy
The first game of the 2014 College league season was played in great sunny conditions. It was our first live TV game and result aside, it was a gutsy performance from the team.
A lack of composure in the first ten minutes meant we made critical mistakes inside our own half. Over playing at times and losing possession meant Llandovery were able to capitalise by scoring two early tries. With their confidence high after these scores, it would have been easy for our team to have capitulated, but pride in the jersey and a clear team effort in a fight back to draw the score level at 24 – 24 with approximately 10 minutes to go, set up an exciting finish.
A sin binning late in the game meant we had to defend with 14 men. The advantage was seized and Llandovery managed to score a converted try.
Newport High continued to play rugby to the end of the game. A last minute surge meant that we were attacking their line at the death. An infringement from a Llandovery player earned us a penalty. Our intent was to tap and go and get the ball wide where we had an overlap. The opportunity was stopped by the referee who was told from the touch judge that some foul play had occurred. The penalty was reversed against us and the home team managed to clear their lines and win the game.
The game in general was a fast and free flowing game. It was a very exciting to watch and at times very tense.
A special mention to Jared Rosser, who scored a hat trick of tries. Great achievement. In addition, Joseph Goodchild showed great finishing prowess to get his first try of the college league season.
The captain, Nathan Hudd, optimised the effort of the boys and was a great example of leading from the front.
Our next game is away to College Cymoedd. It is next Wednesday 24th September at 14.30.
Summer Programme Attached
Please see attached testing scores.
Meeting for everyone who is going on tour in the team room Friday at 1.30pm.
Everyone going must attend!
During a WRU press conference this week. WRU chiefs outlined their way forward for Rugby in wales and described Newport High School as an example of what can be achieved.
Following this both ITV and BBC News teams visited the school and filmed the Year 8 rugby team in their match against Derby Blues RFC a touring side form the USA.
Year 7 girls also played against the American tourists in their first ever fixture.
The news features were aired last night on the main evening news programmes.
The WRU also released a piece on WRU TV that was filmed a few weeks ago and describes how sport is a significant part of the education of everyone at Newport High School. The film also explains how we have developed the Junior Academy and the impact that has had on both the learners involved and on those who aspire to achieve similar in the future.
Well done to everyone involved!
This weekend saw 12 Newport High School learners achieving representative honours at a variety of levels.
On Friday night Joe Davies played for Wales U20s in their 42 -15 victory over Scotaland U20s in the Six Nations.
On Saturday Leon Brown took the field for Wales U18s against France U18s in Paris. This was Leon’s first full cap and despite a narrow 18-17 defeat, it was an experience i’m sure he’ll never forget.
On Sunday a further 10 Newport High learners gained representative honours when the Dragons U18s took on the Welsh Charitables U19s. Jamie Ridgeway, James Scarfi, Bryce Morgan, Barney Nightingale, Connor Edwards, Marcus Jones, Josh mason, Nathan Hudd and Harry Ashby all played for the Dragons, whilst their Newport High teammate Ben Snell represented the Welsh Charitables. On a beautiful afternoon at Ebbw Vale RFC it was the young Dragons who came out on top securing a 33 – 17 victory.
Congratulations to everyone involved this weekend.