13/14 Wanderers. Wanderers 29 - 5 Novos

In very wet conditions on a heavy pitch Northern started the game well and continued with their expansive game plan to try and release their pacey backs. This paid dividends on 7 minutes when a good blindside break by left wing Connor Chamberlain led to a try when his inside pass found centre Rory Gibson who touched down out wide. Northern continued to press when on 10 minutes right wing James Pattison, showing good awareness, took a quick throw from his 10 metre line to full back Jos Pinsent who made a swerving run and put away left wing Connor Chamberlain who outstripped the defence for an excellent try converted by Rory Gibson. Quick thinking was to the fore again when Rory Gibson took a quick tapped penalty on the opposition 10 metre line and sped forward taking the Novos defenders by surprise. He then drew the last defender and gave a simple pass to supporting fly half Spike Strang who surged over for a try that Rory Gibson converted on 23 minutes. Northern’s last try of the half came on 33 minutes when the ball was run out of the 22 with fast hands putting Connor Chamberlain away on another fine run. The wing showed good awareness to take our the cover defence and pass back inside to supporting Spike Strang who in turn passed to centre James Marwick who showed class by stepping the last defenders for a super try.Half time score: Northern Wanderers24–Novos0.

The weather and pitch conditions deteriorated significantly at half time and both sides struggled from the re-start. Northern were attempting a kick and chase game from the start but on 46 minutes Novos were able to turn this limited possession into points when they worked a good try out wide from the kick return. Northern continued to show ambition but were thwarted by a series of unforced errors and a game that was stuck in the forwards for long periods. Unfortunately, Northern had to re-shuffle their backs when Spike Strang departed with a shoulder injury, however, the Northern pack eventually got on top and began to exert pressure. Northern were further disrupted when on 63 minutes they lost replacement back row Jack Symonds to the sin bin for what seemed to be a very harsh decision given the conditions. Despite being a man down the Northern pack was dominating the set pieces and forced Novos to play most of the remainder of the game in their own 22. Northern had several scrums until the 72nd minute, with the pack still down to 7 men, number 8 Gyles Ellison picked up from a 5 meter scrum and powered over for an unconverted try to tie the half. To their credit, Novos were able to hold out until the final whistle leaving the final scoreNorthern Wanderers 29 – Novos 5.

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