REPORT: Ealing Trailfinders 43 – 19 Newport

Paul Spivey v NewportEaling Trailfinders marked the start of Ben Ward’s era as Director of Coaching with a seven-try win over Newport at Vallis Way.

The side took full advantage of the new 3G synthetic turf to play a slick, expansive style that gave full reign to their attacking instincts.

Chris Kinloch had the honour of scoring the first try on the new pitch; he raced home after little more than a minute and the scoring didn’t let up for the remaining 79 minutes.

From kick off Kinloch’s fellow wing Sam Wardingley became the first Ealing Trailfinders player to touch the ball in a match on the new pitch when he caught the kickoff.

The ball was quickly recycled and Matt Jarvis put James Love into space. The fullback twice broke Newport tackles, found Kinloch free outside him and the wing race home from just over halfway.

Ealing Trailfinders’ pack were beginning to enjoy superiority at the set piece and after twice trying to drive over for a scrum try on the third effort the referee blew for a penalty try that Love had no problem converting.

Newport found some rhythm just before the half-hour mark and fly-half Matt O’Brien broke beyond the Ealing defence with a show of deft feet, but once again the home team’s defence swarmed round the breakdown and cleared the danger.

Number 8 Sam Feehan and fullback also Geraint O’Driscoll also made incursions as the Welsh side stepped up their intensity.

After a number of changes at halftime Arthur Ellis showed a good turn of pace to race clear. He put fellow flanker Danny Kenny away, but Newport’s defence got back to halt the danger.

Moments Andy Reay pierced the Newport defence with a scything run that took him close to the line and from the breakdown Alun Walker barrelled his way over. Soon after Matt Jarvis added a fourth try to put the match further out of the visitor’s reach.

Matt Jarvis v Newport

Broad chipped and collected his own kick to pull a try back for Newport that O’Driscoll once again converted, but soon after slick hands from Ben Ward and Carwyn Jones put Reay free in space to cross for a try.

Danny Kenny dotted down from the back of the scrum, Phil Chesters then raced in after he had collected a weak clearance kick and Newport scored a third when Broad swept up a loose ball and raced into the corner.

Ealing Trailfinders
James Love, Chris Kinloch, Ronnie McLean, Tom Wheatcroft, Sam Wardingley, Matt Jarvis, Alex Walker; Will Davis, Alun Walker (captain), Nathan Buck, Carwyn Jones, Llewelyn Jones, Danny Kenny, Alex Bradley, Sean O’Connell.
Jamie Kilbane, Kevin Davis, Alex Penny, Paul Spivey, Mike Walker-Fitton, Arthur Ellis, Tom Parker, Ben Ward, Andy Reay, Phil Chesters

Geraint O’Driscoll, Jamie Murphy, Nathan Edwards, Dominic Franchi, Owen Broad, Matt O’Brien, Andrew Quick; Sam Feehan, Ollie Griffiths, Brendan Lampitt, Dan Partridge, Adam Brown, Craig Davies, Will Evans, Liam Jenkins
Dai Pattison, James Greenfield, Andrew Brown, Evan Whitson, Dale Rogers, Adam Frampton, Sam Cross, Owen Davies, Julian Mogg, Codey Rees

Referee – James Sullivan
HT – 12-7