Toby Ward scores for crewe and nantwich v newcastle

Crewe & Nantwich RUFC 1sts returned to winning ways with a 35-5 victory over Newcastle at the Vagrants.

Newcastle started the stronger but good defence from the home side enabled them to clear their lines to halfway.

The returning Matty Wright turned over the Newcastle lineout but an error in attack allowed Newcastle to hack the ball through forcing a lineout near the Crewe line from which they
scored after another mix up for 0-5.

However, Crewe forced their way back up the pitch with departing skipper Elliot Alston and Eli Woodward punching holes in the Newcastle defence.

It forced them to concede two penalties in quick succession both converted by Creighton for a 6-5 lead.

From the resulting kick off skipper McShane claimed the high ball superbly, and a kick ahead led to a foot race to the line won by scrum half Colebourne. His try was converted by Creighton for 13-5.

Newcastle enjoyed some good possession but a good steal in defence by open side Ally Lang allowed Crewe to move the ball at pace through the backs.

Colebourne eventually forced his way over for his second try for the final score of the half 20-5.

Crewe extended their lead just after half time with another Creighton penalty 23-5.

Newcastle again forced their way back into the game but Crewe defence stood firm especially at the scrum where the front row of Evans, Woodward, Outhwaite and Hargreaves welcomed back to first team duties after a long gap, dominated their opposite numbers.

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Some good combination play up the pitch between forwards and backs led to a scrum near the visitors line.

No 8 Greg Saignes powered over for his first try in the first team con Creighton 30-5.

Crewe were now dominant and another sweeping move earned a lineout in the visitors 22.

Quick ball off the top from Wright, and a great slight of hands from McShane found fullback Toby Ward hitting the line at pace and his angled run allowed him to go over untouched.

The try earned Crewe the bonus point right at the death with a final score of 35-5.

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Crewe Head Coach John Farr said: “A return to the form that we know we’re capable of.

“It comes down to effort at the end of the day and as a squad we all knew that we hadn’t worked hard enough in the last couple of games.

“Alcock and Wright both added to the ethic within the team, it was good to have them back It would have been easy to just take the win but again the boys dug deep to secure a bonus point with the last play of the game.”

Crewe and Nantwich 3rds also won at home 33-12, but the 2nd team lost a hard fought game against Chester 3rds at Hare Lane, 60-28.

The Junior Colts were also beaten, losing against Kendal Colts 28-40.

But the Ladies team had a triumphant cup match against Drybrook in Gloucester which takes them into the semi finals of the Intermediate Plate.

(pics courtesy of Peter Robinson)

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