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Newberg boys pick up much-needed win

Rugby — The Tigers blank Lincoln 10-0 to move into a tie for sixth place in the conference


The Newberg boys rugby team dominated Lincoln in the slop and mud of Renne Field Saturday, but a slew of penalties and mistakes kept the Tigers from busting the game wide open and instead settled for a 10-0 victory.

The first half was a much closer affair than the second, as Newberg controlled possession and dominated field position.

The Cardinals never possessed the ball in Newberg’s end of the field in the second half and the Tigers spent about 33 of 35 minutes of the second half in the Lincoln end. by: SETH GORDON - Make way -- Andrew Creighton fights his way through a pair of Lincoln defenders during Newberg's 10-0 win over Lincoln Saturday at Renne Field. Creighton scored the Tigers' first try early in the second half.

Newberg pushed the ball inside the 10-meter line at least a dozen times in the game, but had one try held up, kicked the ball out of the try zone three times in the game and committed several costly penalties to stall out drives near the try line.

Andrew Creighton opened the scoring with a try near the left sideline early in the second half and Ian Halstead capped the game with a try on the far right on the final play.

“We tried to spin it out because they have a big forward pack and that’s where we scored, with our backs,” Jacob Hooker said.

Halstead went 0-for-2 on conversion kicks, but both were taken from extreme angles and missed just wide.

“The concern in those kinds of games is they get a score against the run of play,” head coach Rick Rogers said. “We only ended up being up 10-0. We outplayed them solidly and the score could have been more than it was, but we made a lot of mistakes. There were a lot of penalties. The conditions were pretty tough, too.”

It was a much needed victory for Newberg (2-2), which lost its two games this season by a total of 12 points, and now sits in a three-way tie for sixth place.

“We needed to win, absolutely needed to,” Rogers said. “That puts us at even for the season and we earned points in both losses. Next week is Oregon Pioneers and that will be tough.”



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