Baildon overpowered by Newent to leave them with no chance of repeat

BAILDON’S hopes of back-to-back wins in the RFU Junior Vase final ended in disappointment at Twickenham as Newent comprehensively overpowered them to claim eight tries and take the trophy back to Gloucestershire.

Baildon's Jake Duxbury

When Baildon – 6-3 winners over Harrow last year – were shunted back at the first scrum in the first minute and Newent fly-half Joe Goatley landed his first penalty, it was obvious that the Yorkshiremen were to face a torrid examination at the set-piece.

So it proved as the Gloucestershire side plundered the scrums and left Baildon operating on the back foot, their own brief period of parity coming after they had slipped 11-0 behind in as many minutes to a try by scrum-half James Dean and a second Goatley penalty.

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Baildon’s brief spell of pressure yielded a try by flanker Tom Craven and a conversion and penalty by full-back Jake Duxbury, but when Dean crossed for his second, Newent regained the momentum.

They led 29-10 at half-time and stretched the lead further in the second half to put the outcome beyond doubt.

A try by replacement Craig Woodall, converted by Duxbury, punctuated the Newent dominance for a moment, and a try and conversion by Duxbury rewarded the Yorkshire Three club’s never-say-die resolve.

Baildon rugby chief Andy Whiteley said: “I was pleased with the way we stuck at it, but Newent were a very good side and thoroughly deserved their win.”

Baildon: Duxbury; H Lister, Morgan, Dracup, Kingham; N Lister, Dawson; Hewitt, Tabiner, Lowth, Wilson, Fox, Craven, Picken, Beaumont. Replacements: Crooks, Price, Miller, Pollard, Woodhall, Huss, O’Connell.