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Newent complete Twickenham double with Senior Vase success

04 May 2014

  • Gloucestershire side Newent win Senior Vase to follow up last year’s Junior Vase victory
  • Goatley brothers weigh in with a try each for the victors
Newent v Yarnbury in the RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham stadium

Photo: Capture the Event

Second-half tries from the Goatley brothers proved decisive as Newent squeezed past Yarnbury 20-13 to win their second Twickenham final in as many years.

The Gloucestershire side returned to headquarters with the valuable experience of lifting the RFU Junior Vase last year under their belts, and they emerged triumphant from what was a cagey affair.

Newent skipper Tristan Veale said: “The lads were phenomenal. They gave it everything they had and came away with the goods.

“It means a massive amount to us. After last season a lot of people thought we would struggle in the league and not have much chance in the cup.

“Yarnbury were a brilliant team and it was pretty tough going out there. It took a while to break them down.”

Centre Ross Webb kicked the first points of the game for Newent via a fourth-minute penalty.

It was an opening quarter fraught with nerves as neither side was able to seize the initiative, with Carl Paterson’s three-pointer for Yarnbury the only action of note.

Newent gradually broke into their stride as half time approached and James Dean, Brett Gardner and Will Mansfield all went close to crossing the whitewash, while Gardner had an effort disallowed for an earlier knock-on.

Yarnbury defended bravely, but they struggled for an exit as their opponents kept the pressure on after the restart.

Webb struck his second penalty from a wide angle to restore the Gloucester Premier champions’ lead, only for Paterson to peg the Green Army back almost immediately.

But the crucial first try was not long in coming as Joe Goatley, the club’s top scorer this season, danced over by the posts from 10 metres out and Webb improved with ease.

Five minutes later, Goatley’s younger brother, Barney, also weaved his way through for a try that extended Newent’s advantage to 14 points with Webb’s conversion.

Yarnbury were not finished yet and Paterson hauled the Yorkshiremen to within a score when he converted James Barrett’s try superbly from a catch-and-drive.

But Newent saw out the remainder of the match comfortably to secure a sixth league and cup trophy in five years.

For Yarnbury it was frustration, with skipper Oliver Cashman admitting: “It was a proud day for the club and I’m just disappointed we couldn’t deliver for all the fans who came to support us.

“I don’t think the boys could have done much more, they gave their all.”

Coach Bob Hood added: “Newent were worthy winners. We had to soak up a lot of pressure and there was a 10-minute spell where they scored 14 points. That settled it.”

Newent

15 Richard Merrett
14 Brett Gardner
13 Barney Goatley
12 Ross Webb
11 Dominic Matthews
10 Will Mansfield
9 James Dean

1 Morgan Morris
2 Luke Williams
3 Chris Steward
4 Tristan Veale (c)
5 Luke Marriott
6 Fred Nottingham
7 George Phelps
8 John Duffin

Replacements:

16 Greg Tovey
17 James Parker
18 Dan Bubb-Sacklyn
19 Lee Warren
20 Charlie Gellert
21 Jamie Meek
22 Joe Goatley

Yarnbury

15 Stuart Wilson
14 Chris Flowers
13 Jason Avison
12 Stephen Riley
11 Ellis Gomersall
10 Carl Paterson
9 Oliver Cashman (c)

1 Adam Pike
2 Tom Gilchrist
3 Richard Lister
4 Ian Maycock
5 James Falgate
6 Joe Bennett
7 James Barrett
8 James Cryan

Replacements:

16 Andrew Butterfield
17 Chris Doyle
18 Russell Gomersall
19 Jarrod Huss
Lee Mortimer (no number)
21 Robert Rigby
22 Alex Clark-Akal