Junior scoring spree too late
Newton U16s complete the double
work by Rory Sinclair, Robbie Briggs and Euan Young.
The third was a great solo effort by Fraser Gibson who collected a kick-off on his own 22 and barnstormed his way through tackles to run in under the posts. Callum McClure converted to put Stewartry ahead.
The visitors took full advantage of a tiring Blacks defensive line to run in two more tries before the break.
Stewartry got off to a decent start in the second half, Hunter taking the ball at a lineout and driving over, McClure landing the conversion from far out.
From the restart the Blacks worked the ball blind and Ewan Conner swerved past his opposite winger to sprint 60 metres for a touchdown with McClure’s conversion putting his side back in front.
However, increasing fatigue and injuries saw Newton finding more space and they scored three quick tries before a final effort produced great pressure on the visiting defence from Hunter, Traynor and Gibson before a lineout was turned over in the visiting 22 and Hunter was over for his third.
The final scoring burst was not quite enough and Newton went away with a deserved double. Despite the result, Stewartry manager Alan Burns was proud of his players and particularly their progress since the season opener.
He nominated Murray’s try as the moment of the match and Hunter as the Stewartry man of the match.