Rugby Union: Brown proves a big hit

Richmond 46 Newbury 12

NEWBURY MAY have arrived in a coach bearing the legend Chiltern Queens on its side, but there was no soft centre to the Jewson National League One side. Their forwards, particularly in the first half, put up a more than creditable show and repeatedly had the Premiership One Richmond reeling on the back foot deep in their own half.

It was not until after the interval of the Tetley's Bitter Cup tie that Richmond's forwards, began to create a more solid platform for their hungry backs to feed off. If Newbury had only had a little more confidence. The problem was that despite possessing plenty of bravehearts, notably the fullback Tom Holloway, they had no one who was able to supply the coup de grace when they were perfectly positioned to strike.

Richmond on the other hand had Spencer Brown, who started the match on the left wing. Brown is a quality threequarter. He put in one stupendous tackle on Tyrone Howe when the Newbury right wing threatened early in the second half and innumerable other big hits.

His finishing was exemplary as well. Brown began the Richmond scoring with a try in the ninth minute and wrapped it all up in the 80th with the try that completed his hat-trick. The last two tries came after he had switched to fullback and his pace and power increased Richmond's attacking options, especially since the man who replaced him on the wing was Dominic Chapman, who scored one of Richmond's eight tries.

In between there was plenty of sloppy play by Richmond and some nervy mistakes on the part of Newbury. But at no point did the first division side look like running away with it. There is little doubt, though, that the like of the Newbury blindside flanker Craig Davies was able to rattle his more illustrious opponents whenever he could (which was often).

And behind him, and often at his shoulder to carry on the move, was the adventurous Holloway, nicknamed the Terrier, who was always prepared to have a go and was rewarded with one of his side's two tries. If Newbury had had the confidence to use their territorial advantage in the first half, it might have been a different story, but by the same token if the Richmond fly-half Earl Va'a had not missed five conversions and a penalty, then his side would have been out of sight.

Richmond: Tries Brown 3, Vander, Pichot, Walne, Bateman, Chapman; Conversions Va'a 3.

Newbury: Tries Gully, Holloway; Conversion Poihipi.

Richmond: M Pini (D Chapman, 57); N Walne, A Bateman, M Deane, S Brown; E Va'a, A Pichot (A Moore, 57); D McFarland, A Cuthbert, J Davies (M Fitzgerald, 57), C Quinnell, C Gillies, R Hutton, B Clarke (capt), A Vander (L Cabannes, 71).

Newbury: T Holloway; T Howe, R Blake, G Reayer, J Griffiths (T Osman, 67); J Poihipi, J Farr (B Wakfer, 60); S Brown (D Davis, 76), N Collins, R Kellam (capt; J Brammer, 67)), P Curtis, S Miall (T Anticic, 76), C Davies, G Powell (J Kingdon, 60), S Gully (C Hart, 60).

Referee: D Grashoff (E Midlands).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive: SThree: As an Associate Recruitment C...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - PHP

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This exciting startup disruptin...

Guru Careers: Carpenter / Maintenance Operator

£25k plus Benefits: Guru Careers: A Carpenter and Maintenance Operator is need...

Recruitment Genius: Experienced Magazine Designer

£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This London based publishing co...

Day In a Page

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'
Singapore's domestic workers routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals

Singapore's hidden secret of domestic worker abuse

David Cameron was shown the country's shiniest veneer on his tour. What he didn't see was the army of foreign women who are routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals
Showdown by Shirley Jackson: A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic

Showdown, by Shirley Jackson

A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic
10 best DSLRs

Be sharp! 10 best DSLRs

Up your photography game with a versatile, powerful machine
Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash