Thursday, July 25, 2024

Newbury Blues back to big-scoring form

The Newbury Blues were back to big-scoring form in their away victory 7:40 at Salisbury.

Tries by Dan Thorne, Jamie Futcher and Harry Waye-Branch and two tries by Oli Rhoads plus a couple of conversions and two penalties saw the Blues triumph in their away game and restore them to the top half of the Regional 2 South Central group – a pretty tough corner of the league.

With a century-long history and a fistful of top-level former players, including Richard Hill (Saracens, England, British and Irish Lions), Mike Brown (Harlequins and England) and Will Stuart (Bath Rugby and England), Salisbury has an awesome standing but this season just hasn’t gone its way.

But let’s not take anything away from the Newbury visitors.  They took their opportunities from 15 minutes into the first half with a Dan Thorne penalty, whose converted try was also scored in the first half, with the team saving up a rip-roaring second half to deliver the five further tries.

The Blues play again at home on Saturday 21st October, when they face London Irish Wild Geese – another very strong team, currently lying second in the league with a clean sweep of wins and a bunch of bonus points for high-scoring matches.  Come on you Blues!

Photos by kind permission of Peter Branch