Weald Warriors seal historic first win against Newham Dockers
WEALD Warriors notched up their first-ever win in emphatic style as they put Newham Dockers to the sword 86-4 with a devastating display of running rugby on last Saturday.
Playing in the shadow of the Olympic stadium, Weald ran in 16 tries and, despite the one-sided scoreline, the Warriors worked hard for the result.
The Warriors had hoped to execute the tactics they had worked on in training to correct the mistakes made in losing their first two games.
And player-coach Anthony Bennett was delighted with the win but always knew Weald's results would turn around before long.
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"This result has been coming for some time," he said. "I have been keeping it under wraps, but the talent in this team is immense and once the basics were mastered we were always going to run riot.
"It was a ruthless performance on a hot day, which is testimony to not only sticking to a game plan but also our fitness levels.
"Rugby league is a very simple game. The basics are critical as they translate into field position, pressure and possession.
"Defending is much harder than attacking and we destroyed Newham today, scoring off virtually every attacking set of six."
The Warriors, comprising a majority of rugby union players, laid the platform early on with some thundering runs from forwards JJ Redman, Fraser Goatcher and Tim Evans.
Paul Miles slotted in as acting half-back to direct play up the pitch and half-backs Bennett and Ollie Brothwood set the back line free early in the tackle count to devastating effect.
Alex Nicholson was captain for the day and he said the Warriors were motivated by a desire to show his side have arrived in this division.
"Newham, despite some heavy defeats this season, are a decent side," he said. "We knew we had to win big today to send a message out to the rest of the league that we are making great progress and we did that today."
Try scorers were Vernon (4), Killian (2), Skinner, Evans, Miles, Claridge, Bennett, Nicholson, Phillips, Redman, Goatcher and Brothwood.
Rugby League is now beginning to gain a foothold in West Kent and East Sussex and the Warriors were delighted to field a reserve team skippered by Matt Humphrey, who lost narrowly away to North Hertfordshire Crusaders, 36-32.
New players are always welcome and the Warriors train on Wednesdays from 7.30pm at St Mark's Rec, Frant Road (TWRFC).
This weekend Weald Warriors are at home to Bedford Tigers, kicking off at 3pm, while the reserve grade host North Hertfordshire Crusaders at 1pm. Both matches are at St Mark's Rec and supporters are welcome.