Tough day at the office for Year 9. Rougemont 29-5 NHS

Year 9 Rugby - Rougemont 29-5 Newport High School

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!

Mr Staniforth

Rougemont 5-33 Newport High School

Boys from Years 7 and 8 combined this evening to compete against local rivals Rougemont School. In bright sunshine but with conditions soggy underfoot, Newport kicked off through the left boot of outside half Ellis Jayne. Within minutes Rougemont were pressing for an early breakthrough and through some poor tackling from the visitors, Rougemont were soon ahead 5-0. This however spurred the yellow and blacks into action and with the short bus journey out of their legs Newport were soon out in front. After some good running from Joel O’Brien and Louie Hughes and quick service from scrum half Logan Mahoney, recent rugby convert Marcus Cavanagh galloped through several would-be tacklers to touch down. Ellis Jayne added the extras and NHS took the lead 7-5. From then on in it was very much one-way traffic as senior players Josh Martin, Louie Hughes and Marcus Cavanagh gave the team direction and control. Cavanagh added a second try to his tally soon after to take the team into half time 12-5 up. This could have been more has O’Dane Rhoden managed to ground the ball after a powerful run down the right flank.

Going into the second half the Bettws Lane outfit began to find more fluidity in their play and centre Louie Hughes snuck over for his second try in as many weeks. Ellis Jayne added the conversion. Hughes then showed vision, pace and power to break from his own 22 and stride away to score the try of the match. Hughes casually chipped over the conversion to take the score out to 5-26.

With just minutes remaining it was now Josh Martin’s turn to barge his way over the Rougemont line to cap of a good afternoons action. If that wasn’t enough Ellis Jayne slotted the conversion from wide out, much to the delight of the spectators. All in all a good performance, many thanks to Rougemont for their hospitality and to the many parents who made their way to the match. Next opposition St Julian’s!

Mr Staniforth

Action shots from Year 7/8 match vs Rougemont. Final score 33-5 to Newport High!

Year 8 scrum going forward!

Year 8 scrum going forward!

Year 8 - Newport High vs. Duffryn

We arrived at the match with 12 boys 4 new boys [Zac, Kyle, Marcus and Taylor.] We had a quick warm up and got ready, Duffryn were looking good but with only 11 boys, they kicked off to us, Sam Dixon made a good catch ran up the line as he is strong he bumped off a few boys and ran around them. He got to the posts and put it down we had scored a try in a matter of seconds the conversion was missed. Duffryn kicked off with good rucking by both teams we made a good break through Marcus Cavanagh, with the ball in hand and with good strength he got past their players and was about to put it down but he ran into the dead ball zone [unlucky Marcus]. It was their scrum and their big number eight was making some ground but some big hits by Marcus and Ellis Jayne and some good turning over by David Davies followed by some good passing by the boys gave Sam a chance for another break and he was too fast for them and scored another try. They kicked off again with some good passing by the backs we made a lot of ground some good running by Tom who gave it out to me to put it down right in the corner for another try. They kicked to us again and it was a good catch by Zac he got it along the line with more good running by Sam who lead us up the field with some great powerful runs by Owain and Josh we were pretty close now and it was Sam to make the break to score the try. It was half time now we were all ready for the second half we kicked off they had the ball and they were going though phases and in the end they were spreading it along their line. With good turning over by David and Taylor p we were now going up the line we were just driving and driving until Taylor p got over the line for his first try of the game. They kicked to us, now both teams were playing well at the moment they had a good break and got it to their fast winger who got pretty close until I put him into touch we were spreading the ball along the line well. Kyle and Taylor s with some good breaks we were putting them under a lot of pressure towards the end with some good turnovers at the final minute we put it through the hands really well and it was Tom who got the try under the post. The whistle blew we shook each other hands and had a good game of rugby.

Newport High 35 Duffyrn school 0 

Louie Hughes

Our roving reporter at the Year 10 game vs Duffryn!

Our roving reporter at the Year 10 game vs Duffryn!

Year 10 prepare before their 29-10 victory against Duffryn School. Match report to follow ….

Year 10 prepare before their 29-10 victory against Duffryn School. Match report to follow ….

Year 7 Action Shots!

Year 9 action shots!