05:49PM, Saturday 11 November 2017
Newton Abbot 63 (28), Maidenhead 28 (21)
Maidenhead were overrun in the second half by Newton Abbot at Rackerhayes, a result which maintains the visitors’ poor away form while sending the All Whites to the top of the South West Premier.
Russell Bolton’s side conceded four first half and five in the second half in what was always expected to be one of their toughest matches away to promotion challengers Abbot.
Maids, with six changes to their pack from the previous week’s 50-30 success at home over Brixham, initially matched their hosts in territory and possession.
However, it was Abbot who scored first with a try from Luke Mingo converted by Rob Avery-Wright.
The visitors struck back with two converted tries of their own to lead 14-7 after 14 minutes.
In what was an open match, between two sides who this season have scored but also conceded a lot of points, Abbot retaliated with two tries from Kyle Browne.
Avery-Wright converted both for 21-14.
There was still time for both teams to pocket another try each.
Maids levelled the score when Ed Keohane burst through the midfield to touch down, just before Mingo scored again to make it 28-21 at half-time.
Maids began the second half on the front foot and levelled again when Ross Lewis scored after a chip from Sam Angell.
However, from 28-28 it went downhill for Maids against a side unbeaten at home and with only one defeat all season and that was away to then leaders Dings Crusaders.
The All Whites ran in a further five tries after the break through Browne (who secured a hat-trick), Kevin Dennis, Max Snowden, Cameron Fogden and Matt Jess. Avery-Wright added the extra 10 points with the boot.
Maids were unable to add to their tally, but earned a point for scoring four tries and will have stress tested the strength in depth of their squad.
Tweeting after the match, Maids chairman Steve Bough said: “Score does not reflect the game and Maids will look forward to seeing Newton Abbot at Braywick.
“All players that came in showed (they are) quite capable of this level of rugby. Proud chairman.”
Newton Abbot’s official twitter feed described the match as a ‘great game’ and ‘end to end stuff’.
Abbot are now top of the table on 44 points from 10 matches, while Maids are fifth on 29 points with five wins and five defeats.
Maids did not have a match next weekend, and are not in action until Saturday, November 25 at home to third-placed Bournemouth.
Maidenhead RFC:Jansen, Prince, Keohane, French, Lewis, Runciman, Childerhouse; Parrott, Jones, Hyland, Hallett, Lavin, McGregor, Leonard, Cranton. Subs: Savage, Bough, Angell.
South West Premier results
Bournemouth 59, Hornets 0
Bracknell 16, Ivybridge 25
Camborne 20, Exmouth 22
Newton Abbot 63, Maidenhead 28
Newbury 14, Brixham 23
Weston-s-Mare 54, Lydney 17
Cleve 34, Dings Crusaders 26 (Friday)
South West Premier table (top five)
Newton Abbot…...P10 Pts 44
Dings Crusaders..P10 Pts 41
Bournemouth……P10 Pts 36
Cleve……………..P10 Pts 35
Maidenhead……..P10 Pts 29
Exmouth………….P10 Pts 28
Other rugby results
Old Centralians 15, Marlow 12
Windsor 20, Thatcham 13
Drifters 20, Gosford All Blacks 23
Abingdon 17, Slough 27
Aldermaston 27, Phoenix 3
Faringdon 16, Farnham Royal 20
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