The Year 9 rugby team were well beaten this evening by a strong Rougemont outfit. Playing in conditions that made running rugby extremely difficult Newport High struggled to cope with the physicality of their opposition. In all but a few positions Newport were considerably outmatched in size and power and it was always going to be an up hill battle despite high levels of determination and grit. With regards to the levels of skill on show the Black and Yellows probably played the better rugby but struggled to make yards in attack and missed too many 1 on 1 tackles in defence. The highlight of the match came when Jamie Paterson sold a delightful dummy close to the line that opened up the Rougemont defence allowing the Second Row to burrow over for his team’s solitary score.
The effort of the players was commendable however they need to learn to control their aggression and stay more positive if they want to develop as a team and pick up some victories this year.
Morgan Harris showed plenty of power and speed, with Alex Ford, Aidan Williams and Sam Grant working hard in defence for the whole match. Andrew Flanelly showed glimpses of quality along with Daniel Gibbons who did so many good things but let himself down at times with poor discipline. Training Tuesday with the next fixture at home vs St Julians!