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U16's v Novos

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Novos 17 –Percy Park 31 (or 36)

Sunday saw Park on the road again when they made the trip to play Novos at Druid Park the previous home of Gosforth RFC.

The game was played with pace, intensity and commitment and was, throughout, an engrossing encounter. So engrossing in fact that between the three Park coaches there was no consensus on the score or try scorers!! 

Novos started brightly collecting the kick off and retaining possession for several minutes; Park started dimly, Sam not realising he was meant to be on the pitch, was having a lovely chat to the bench. Park’s resolute defence and aggressive rucking earned a penalty that was put in to touch. From the lineout the Park forwards showed their intent with a 40m maul, the inevitable penalty was again put in to touch. Despite another ferocious drive Park could not ground the ball.

Park had the majority of territory and negated much of the Novos driving game as they put the heavier Novos pack under intense pressure at the scrum.

The contrasting styles saw Novos use their forwards as a battering ram close to the breakdown and back inside off the 10, this did make some impact however Park’s vigorous defence meant Novos gained limited ground. In contrast Park were prepared to offload in contact and use their forwards as link players, with locks Mark and Joe C prominent in punching holes before the ball was spread wide.

Park’s first try came on six minutes after a period of intense pressure close to the Novos line, Ben scoring under the posts after the forwards had drawn in most of the defenders.

Novos, pinned in their own half, turned over a Park ruck, their attempt to run out of defence was stopped by a huge Joe Oldham tackle. His commitment dislodged the ball (and his own shoulder) allowing for a couple of offloads which saw Joe Campbell smash trough for a try.

Park continued to press but were hampered by the loss of Ben C to concussion meaning a further change to the back row. Despite these changes Park continued to press, Kyle in particular being unlucky not to score.  Novos hammered their way back in to the game with a series of drives before moving the ball wide for a score in the corner

Not to be outdone Park scored for the third time when (we think) Mark crashed over from close range;  however on the stroke of half time Park lost possession and Novos, after a concerted period of pressure,  scored their 2nd try.

HT Novos 12- Park 19

Park needed to start brightly and it was “is it a forward? Is it a back? No it’s Ciaran” who obliged playing in the back row the speedster took the kick-off, used power to barge through the chasing forwards, then pace to out strip the backs for a great score.

Park continued to pile on the pressure, at a Novos lineout Dan G (who was by now having to prop and jump) disrupted the throw resulting in panic behind the Novos line. Jake S showed trademark determination and was on hand to win the race to touch down.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men after a spot of pushing and shoving; for Park this meat Aaron who has moved from prop to centre now going to 10. As time ticked down Novos launched one final assault on the Park line and were rewarded with a try on full time.

It was left to Man of the Match Ross to close the game out when, with nothing to prove, he still found the energy to charge the conversion kick down.

 

BBC Rugby


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