Final win for Reds to complete 2018/19 season.
By Jo firstname.lastname@example.org
Next stop National League Division 2!!
Newton Stewart RFC journeyed across the breadth of the country last weekend for their final league match of the 2018/19 season against St Boswell’s RFC. Having already secured promotion to the league above last weekend, the outcome of this match was irrelevant, and this was visible in the calibre of the play at times!
St Boswell’s were quickest out of the blocks in this match, scoring a converted try just five minutes into the game when their second row hit a great line to break through the Reds defence.
Newton Stewart woke up at the shock of this early blow and set up reciprocating. Back row Calum Gaw led the attack, ducking and weaving his way up the pitch before scoring under the posts. The conversion should have been straightforward for his brother Jack, but it didn’t quite go as planned and the ball shot under the bar!
The home side took possession again from the restart and immediately pushed forwards, pinning the Reds back on their line. From the brink of conceding a try however, Newton Stewart scored another one, when captain Fraser Morton intercepted a pass and stormed up the pitch to score. Jack Gaw converted this one for 7-12.
In a game of ‘cat and mouse’ it was St Boswell’s who scored next, courtesy of their flanker, to take the score to 12-12.
From here the Reds started to take control. Second row Alan Ferrie scored next, running the length of the pitch and beating several defenders on route for a superb individual try! Robbie McCornick (scrum half) was next to fight his was over for the bonus point try before winger Malachi Wright, on from the bench, put centre Jack Gaw through to score.
The half-time score was 12-31 and the players were thankful for the whistle given the unusually warm weather!
St Boswell’s continued to battle on in the second half, pushing forwards once more and putting Newton Stewart under pressure, however Fraser Morton ruined their day all over again when he intercepted the ball for a second time and ran in another try.
A yellow card for Reds’ stand-off David Gaw left a hole in the Newton Stewart defences and St Boswell’s used these ten minutes to their advantage, scoring two tries to narrow the scores to 26-31.
However, with the last play of the game Malachi Wright made a break up the wing. He passed inside to Jack Gaw before collecting the ball once again as Gaw was tackled and dived over the line for his first try for the 1st XV! To put the icing on the cake, Wright then stepped up to take his own conversion kick from the sideline and slotted it perfectly through the posts. Final score, 26-45.
Good performances came from wingers Liam Brawls and Malachi Wright, the latter replacing Jamie Muir early in the game after he had to retire with a neck injury. Fraser Morton gave a solid performance and produced two tries, whilst Alan Ferrie was dominant in the forwards. Man of the Match however was Calum Gaw who impressed with ball in hand and wreaked havoc in the opponent’s defences.
This was not the prettiest of games from either side, but it completes a long season for Reds. Although hugely successful in terms of outcomes, it has taken its toll on the players, with a multitude of injuries this season leaving the team struggling for numbers at times.
The players will now enjoy a break for a couple of months before pre-season training gets underway again. The step up into National League Division 2 will no doubt test this young side next season, however there can be no doubt that they will relish to challenge!
Team: Jamie Muir, David Adams, Jack Gaw, Fraser Morton (capt), Liam Brawls, David Gaw, Robbie McCornick, Ross Campbell, Thomas MacDonald, Ronan McDonald, Connal McDonald, James McMiken, Mark Craig, Calum Gaw, Alan Ferrie. Subs: Malachi Wright, Martin Wallace.