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Henderson's Newton Abbot All Whites show no mercy in climbing table

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

Brixham RFC Jarryd Harris with the ball

Brixham's Jarryd Harris

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Newton Abbot rammed 11 tries past Oxford Harlequins on the way to a 73-11 win and second place in the National Three South West table.

Quins were just about holding on at half time – Newton led 26-11 – but after the break they were swept away by wave after wave of attacks.

The tries were shared around with replacement Stephen Ward the only player to dot down more than once. Josh Smith, Ed McGinley, Colin Stewart, Brett Stroud, Peter Mortimore, Matt Newman, Jake Monnington, Alex Moore and goal kicker Kevin Dennis scored the others.

Roy Henderson, Newton Abbot's director of rugby, said his only reservation was the All Whites should have won by a few more.

"Once you get 35-40 points up there is a danger play becomes a bit lose and that's what happened to us," said Henderson.

"We lost out pattern for 20 minutes or so, but got it back towards the end.

"The good thing is most of our tries came from the backs, which is something we wanted to happen this season.

"Our set piece was dominant and we had far better pace outside."

Brixham coach Dan Parkes said he had every sympathy for his Chippenham opposite number after the Fishermen came from behind to win 33-31 thanks to a last-kick conversion.

The Fishermen were 12-0 down in no time at al, 31-14 behind at the break and 31-21 in arrears with ten minutes left.

A Harry Davis try and a penalty try converted with the final kick by Ben Lovell saw Brixham scrape home.

Said Parkes: "We played very poorly in the first half and probably did not deserve to win the match.

"They exposed us in a few areas – don't expect me to go into details – and were camped in our half for most of the first half.

"When we scored our fourth try five minutes from time we were on for two losing bonus points at 31-26.

"We had nothing to lose by having one last go and the 14-man maul from a line-out earned us the penalty try."

Jarryd Harris, Tom Goodman and Dylan Flashman were Brixham's other try scorers.

Exmouth came out 30-16 winners over Barnstaple in the Devon derby on the Imperial Ground.

Barum twice led in the first half – 3-0 and 9-8 – and had they taken a penalty just before the break instead of tapping and running may have been in front at the switch.

Back-to-back tries by George Savage and Matt Ryan, plus an Andrew Powell conversion, gave Exmouth a 20-9 lead at the break. Dale Sleeman and Tom Kill wrapped it up after the interval.

"I have no complaints, but we are a different side at home and are looking forward to the rematch," said Barum's director of rugby Kevin Squire.

"It was a competitive game, but we had a killer instinct and they didn't," responded Exmouth coach Jon Hill.

Brett Turner bounced a last-minute conversion off an upright and over the line to give Taunton a 25-23 win over visiting Lydney in National Two South.

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