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Newent close on Twickenham dream thanks to hooker Greg Tovey

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

at the double:  Dominic Matthews for Newent

At the double: Dominic Matthews for Newent

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VETERAN hooker Greg Tovey's two tries led 'maturing' Newent's charge into the RFU Junior Vase semi-finals.

The 45-year-old front-rower's bullish performance helped the Green Army overrun Chesham 50-0, drawing high praise from head coach Andy Addis.

Wing Dominic Matthews also grabbed a try brace in Newent's eight-try quarter-final romp.

Scrum-half James Dean, centre Ross Webb, fly-half Joe Goatley and flanker George Phelps claimed the other scores that leave Newent just one win away from Twickenham.

Newent took more than 100 supporters to Buckinghamshire club Chesham, dwarfing the home support in the shadow of the Chiltern Hills.

The runaway Gloucester One leaders' thumping victory sets up a last-four clash with the winner of Farnham and Wymondham, on Saturday, March 30.

Delighted boss Addis hailed his rampant charges for a composed performance based on pack power, thanking a host of well-wishers and helpers.

Addis explained: "The boys showed a maturity that I don't think we've seen from them before.

"I cannot fault their performance or preparation one little bit.

"I've got to thank Andrew Stanley and Phil Vickery for their help in training last week – it clearly made a difference.

"We've had messages of support from clubs right across the county, and we've been hugely grateful for that backing.

"We took two coachloads up there, one full of supporters as well as the one with the players.

"We outnumbered them in terms of supporters, it was like a home game.

"The town has been totally gripped by this, and we cannot thank them enough for their amazing support."

When the hangovers and cup cheer subside, Newent must get back to league action on Saturday, as they travel to Old Richians – but Addis said his men will have no trouble focusing.

He added: "Longlevens did us a favour by beating Hucclecote 23-22, and we've got to get back into the normal rhythm quickly now.

"We've got a big job ahead of us and a few weeks until we can think about the cup again, but these boys are fantastic with their attitude and application.

"We're extremely proud of them, and I'm sure they will take it all in their stride."

Newent chairman Dennis Hamlen paid tribute to the club's experienced and adept coaching line-up, hailing the strength of Gloucestershire rugby too.

He explained: "Andy is an excellent coach who has had a big effect on the whole club.

"But I'm sure he would say so as well, that Pete Kingston, Steve John who coaches the second team, and Ross McMillan, the Northampton Saints hooker, comprise what is a coaching team most clubs would envy."

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  • BillBM  |  February 25 2013, 8:06PM

    I see that the self-proclaimed talent-spotter has raided this article but, as usual, made no effort whatsoever to credit it. Pathetic!

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