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Newent players had the hearts of lions, says Andy Addis

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

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COACH Andy Addis hailed the support his spirited Newent players have received after they booked a place in a Twickenham final for the second year in a row.

He was proud of the way his squad had battled against the odds to repay the work that had been done behind the scenes to help them.

“We’re very lucky with some people at the club helping us out because we’ve got nothing,” he said. “We haven’t got a ground – we rent the recreation ground off the council – and we’ve got no clubhouse.

“It just makes it very difficult and any help we get we receive gratefully and we try and pay people back with performances like that on Saturday.

“They’re not the best facilities by a long shot, but it’s the heart and desire that’s done it, hearts of lions I would say – they’re fantastic, every one of them.”

“It was a very good game played by two brilliant sides on Saturday. It was a very hard game, without a doubt, and it went pretty much as I expected.

“I had every confidence in my boys and I had no doubts about them at all, and they were up for the game and rose to the occasion.

“Harrow were big and physical and rattled us and bit at first, but I think that was just the slow start from drive up there and all the waiting around for the game to start.

“Once we got into the swing of it we took the lead and kept it going, but it was a very tight game.

“We had fantastic support from everybody there and I couldn’t pick one man out of the players, right down to the subs.

“All the subs played their part, they all mucked in together, we all did the job and it was a team effort and club effort.”

Addis has offered to help Longlevens plan for their trip to Twickenham after he gained invaluable experience last year when Newent, who have also been promoted for the second season in a row, won the Junior Vase.

“It was a whirlwind last year,” he said. “The boys and everyone else enjoyed themselves, but planning it and making sure everything went as we wanted it to go was hard work.

“So for me personally it was a just a nightmare really. But I wanted to try and go back this year, just from a selfish point of view, and relax a bit more and appreciate.”

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