MATCH REPORT – Newcastle Thunder 46 – 12 Coventry Bears

Newcastle Thunder made it four wins in a row on Sunday afternoon as they secured a 46-12 win over Coventry Bears at Kingston Park Stadium.

In a decent all-round performance, Thunder ran in nine tries and showed plenty of resolve in defence to continue their improved form in Betfred League 1.

Having kicked off and successfully contained the Bears progress on the opening attacking set, Thunder went close to scoring the opening try of the game on their opening six as Ben Pointer and Joe Brown combined well in the midfield.

Looking to free Tyler Craig, the winger was unable to cleanly take the pass as he came under the attention of the Bears defenders but it was an early indicator of what Thunder were looking to achieve.

After laying down that early marker the hosts took the lead on 9 mins through Lewis Young.  Making a pacy break down the left wing, the centre crossed for what would be the first in a hat-trick of tries in the opening forty and made use of the speed he had shown by coming in from out wide to ground the ball under the sticks, giving Remy Marginet a straightforward conversion.

With the best of the opening minutes having gone the way of the hosts, Thunder’s eagerness to press on cost them a repeat set on 11 mins as they knocked the ball forward as they attempted to gather it off the ground after charging down an attempted fifth tackle kick from the visitors.

It provided a repeat set that the Coventry made full use of, with Bradley Calvering finishing of a passage of play that ran left and right across the field by spinning out of the tackle and crashing over from short range midway through.

With a successful conversion equalising the scores, it was Young who restored his side’s advantage as he made use of his elusive running style to wrong-foot the Bears defence and created the space for him speed through the gap.

Marginet’s conversion attempt was again straight and true before Newcastle opened up the gap with a sublime try made from the ever-developing half-back partnership of the Frenchman and Adam Brook.

Making a break in midfield Brook got a smart pass away to Marginet as he looped his way from one side of the pitch to the other.  Drawing the Bears defensive attention with him, the seven times capped French international slipped a pass behind him to Mo Agoro. Having come in off his wing hunting for work, there was still plenty to be done to beat the covering defenders, but a task he was more than equal to as the powerful runner surged over the line.

Finishing the half strongly, Thunder headed to the break 22-6 up after Young added his third with another defence-flummoxing run but were under their own posts almost immediately after the restart as a fumbled ball handed Coventry possession 20m from the Thunder line and allowed Chris Barratt a chance to score.

An immediate response came after a similar mistake from the Bears gave Thunder a scrum the same distance out, from which the ball was spun out wide where Rhys Clarke was on hand to send the final neat pass to Theerapol Ritson, with the full-back diving in to score.

Combining well for his first try of the day, the Cumbrian fullback added his second on 45 mins with a superb solo effort, as he recovering the ball off the ground following another Bears mistake before hitting the afterburners to scorch his way 80 meters for a try converted by Marginet.

With their momentum restored, Thunder were again on the attack and after a good presentation of the ball at a ruck following another big carry from Liam Scot, were able to play the ball quickly and create an overlap.

Working the ball through the hands, the hosts created an overlap which gave Young plenty of options as he continued his run, ultimately opting to sell the Bears a dummy and crash through for his fourth try of the day.

The Frenetic pace that the opening 10 minutes had been played in was never going to be maintained in baking sunshine and that breathless opening gave way to a rather flat middle, with neither side able to find a way through each other’s defence.

It was the hosts though that found their second wind first and after forcing an error in the shadow of the Bears posts, got the scoreboard ticking again as Agoro scored his second of the afternoon following another solid Thunder set piece.

Taking a ball spun wide from a scrum at pace the winger stretched his legs to get his second of the day before an acrobatic dive from Craig in the 79th minute sealed the scoreline at 46-12 as Brook’s conversion effort drifted across the face of goal.

Newcastle Thunder

Theerapol Ritson, Mo Agoro, Joe Brown, Lewis Young, Tyler Craig, Adam Brook, Remy Marginet, Liam McAvoy, Ben Pointer, Sam LUckley, Rhys Clarke, Ben Calland, Jack Aldous, Oliver Gowing, Vincent Rennie, Conor Fitzsimmons, Liam Scott

Try Scorers: Young (x4) Agoro (x2) Ritson (x2) Criag

Goal Scorer: Marginet (x5)

Coventry Bears

Harry Chapman, Reece Rance, Kameron Pearce-Paul, Jacob Ogden, Errol Carter, Paul Emanuelli, Ben Stead, James Geurtjens, Joe Cator, Daniel Glover, Brad Clavering, Chris Barratt, Chris Vitalini, Zak Williams, James Mason, Malikhi Lloyd-Jones, Robert Butler

Try Scorers: Clavering, Barratt

Goals: Stead x2

Attendance: 903