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Newton Abbot coach Henderson struggles for positives after defeat

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 07, 2013

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Newton Abbot were left licking their wounds after suffering a 55-17 drubbing at the hands of South West One leaders London Irish Wild Geese.

The All Whites were hoping for something better at Sunbury, having beaten Exmouth last time out, who in turn had drawn with Irish in their previous outing.

Irish right-wing Frazer Carlisle had the first of his three tries inside two minutes, by half time the lead was 40-10 and Newton did well to keep the home side to just three tries after the break.

You take your comforts where you can in situations like this, but even Newton's Roy Henderson struggled to find many positives.

"We were stuffed," said Henderson. "Irish had too much pace for us and we were completely overpowered. They scored three tries in the first eight minutes – and didn't take long getting three more tries."

Henderson felt Newton were unfortunate not to come away with a fourth try bonus point, having played with resilience under pressure.

"We scored three tries of our own – good ones, too – but although we had Irish hemmed on their line a few times we didn't get the decision," said Henderson.

Newton's Ed McGinley crossed twice and there was a third try for Kevin Dennis.

Barnstaple inflicted a 35-7 defeat on visiting Amersham and Chiltern, who were not as poor as the score suggested. "Outside, Amersham were just as good and well organised as we were – up front they were appalling," said Barnstaple's director of rugby Kevin Squire. "It was a real struggle for them in the scrums, which is how we came to have two penalty tries awarded as well as a push-over for James Comber.

"In the line-outs we took all our own ball and most of theirs. That sort of dominance made it easy for us."

Luke Berry scored the remaining Barnstaple points with a try, three penalties and three conversions.

Brixham lost their way after half-time against Redingensians, who won 36-21 after trailing 14-13 at the break.

Brixham failed to add to their first-half tries by Chey Brice and Dyland Flashman until the last few minutes when skipper Adam Thomas crashed over.

Exmouth stayed in station behind London Irish at the top courtesy of a 29-11 win over Old Patesians. Jack Downie, Jamie Harris, Jon Fabian, Tom Kill and Dave Bargent scored tries.

Taunton's relegation worries in National Two South did not improve following a 26-7 defeat at Dings Crusaders. Gary Kingdom converted a Jake Childs try for the losers.

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