Result: Bournemouth 46/6t5c2p v 24/3t3cp Newton Abbot. HT: 27/3t3c2p v 3/p.
Weather: Fine and sunny with a light north-westerly wind.
Ground: The ground was firm.
Kick-off: Newton Abbot (Rob Avery-Wright) kicked off from right to left as viewed from
the clubhouse and to his left.
Of the team that played Chippenham last week, full back Karim Lynch fell to the curse of
a training injury on Tuesday and right wing Robbie Searle moved into his place. ‘Eddie’
Edwards swapped across to the right and his place on the left wing was taken by James
Flynn. Dan Cawley came in place of the injured Frazer Wilford at hooker. Chris Hughes
started at blindside flanker in place of Jack Hennings who was on the bench. Coach Tim
Collier was playing with the 2nds against Chichester on an adjacent pitch. Bournemouth exerted tremendous pressure on their visitors right from the start
but it was ten minutes before they got any reward for their efforts with a fine
penalty from the reliable boot of fly-half Dan Pollard. Connolly had a couple
of dangerous runs in those early minutes and it was from the second that
Newton were penalized for not ‘rolling away’ when the centre was tackled to give Pollard
the chance to kick at goal from the 22-metre line. The firmer underfoot conditions seem
to suit Dunkerley and the flanker was on hand a couple of times to add edge to some
excellent three-quarter moves. However it was from another penalty that Bournemouth
got their next score. Newton were penalized for ‘holding on’ and referee Phill Watters had
a quiet word with the All Whites captain, lock Matt Templeman. From the same left-hand
side but the fifteen or more extra metres proved no problem for the fly-half as the ball
sailed comfortably between the posts for a 6-nil lead after twenty minutes. With much
of the play deep in the visitors’ half further scores seemed inevitable and sure enough
left wing James Flynn finished off two excellent moves by scoring wide out on the left the
second having to pick the ball from of his toes. Pollard’s accurate kicking, which has been
quite remarkable of late, added another two points each time with touch-line kicks and
Bournemouth were beginning to get up a ‘head of steam’ at 20-nil with just over half an
hour gone. They were ‘pegged back’ three minutes later however when. after a period
of Newton pressure in response to the two Flynn tries, fly-half Rob Avery-Wright kicked
a goal from some fifteen metres after Bournemouth were penalized for ‘coming in at the
side’. With the half coming to a close, hooker Cawley won one ‘against the head’ and the
ball was quickly through the hands for Connolly to get over in the corner. With anotherexcellent kick Pollard rounded off proceedings of the first half for Bournemouth to lead
27-3 at the interval.
The second half didn’t start well as Scott Chislett was forced to leave the field of battle
with damaged knee ligaments to be replaced by Ben Stewart. However Bournemouth
shrugged off that setback with a quite remarkable score by flanker Dunkerley. Newton
had kicked the ball straight out following the incident in which Chislett was injured. From
the line-out underneath the stand, Dunkerley got the ball and set off at the Newton
defence. It was not adequate to contain the strong-running flanker who shook off the
would be tacklers and ran fifty metres to score under the posts for Pollard to add the two
points for 34-3 lead. The other important thing was Bournemouth had secured their tryscoring
bonus point with just three minutes of the second half gone. This seemed to relax
Bournemouth and the moves began to flow. A few minutes later coach David Dunn pulled
off scrum-half Sam Hardcastle and loosehead prop Riad Lynch and sent on Jack Hennings
and Joe Tarrant. This meant a minor reshuffle with Connolly taking over at scrum-half,
Dunkerley moving to the centre and Hennings taking the openside flanker’s place. Tarrant
was a straight swap for Lynch. This didn’t seem to disrupt flying Bournemouth and waves
of three-quarter raids tested the All Whites’s defence until the strength of replacement
centre Ben Stewart found it wanting when, rather like Dunkerley’s effort earlier, he ran at
the defensive line and shrugged off the tackles as he made thirty or more metres. Close to
the line he found Edwards on his shoulder and taking the pass the right winger was over
close to the posts. Another great score. Pollard again kicked the goal and Bournemouth
had a comfortable lead at 41-3 with less than an hour gone. Newton were from ‘done’ and
helped by the absence of flanker Chris Hughes serving ten minutes on the bench began toraise their game. Despite some dogged Bournemouth defence the ‘bearded wonder’, prop Tom Channon eventually forced his way over from close range. Avery-Wright added the two points to make the score 41-10 after an hour. With the restoration of Chris Hughes Bournemouth immediately countered that score when Stewart went over in the corner finishing off another fine three-quarter move where Connolly in particular again offering a considerable threat. Pollard, for the first time in 22 successive kicks at goal, missed to leave the score 46-10 with ten minutes to go. Bournemouth rather disappointingly yielded another two scores but on the other hand they had done very well to have scored so freely against a side that was showing, albeit a little belatedly, how dangerous they can be.
Results elsewhere followed a predictable pattern which meant there was no change at the top. For Bournemouth it was encouraging that they were able dip into a pool of much talent to replace some of those who have been regular first choices.
Please note it was decided that the result of the Old Patesians v Redingensians, 7 Jan 2012, was to stand at the point of the abandonment of the game, 32-12 to Redingensians, and the game is not to be replayed. That is reflected in the tables below.