A CLINICAL display by table toppers Newent resulted in them running home four second half tries to beat Hereford RFC 43-14.

Hereford head coach, Scott Sturdy said: “Newent were very clinical and every time they visited our 22, they came away with points.

“Eventually this told, even though the game was very close into the second half. There are lessons for us, as a team to learn in terms of being clinical in attack and staying on the same page in defence.

“The game got away from us later, but the score doesn’t reflect the competitiveness or quality of the game. We’ll build ourselves up for the visit of Stratford next Saturday.”

Hereford started well, spending plenty of time in the Newent 22, but were unable to put points on the board.

On the contrary, Newent spent much less time in Hereford territory and scored a couple of tries one of which was converted.

Just before half-time Hereford got onto the scoreboard with a set piece move from a scrum inside the Newent 22.

Centre Mark Philo cut back inside his outside half and broke through a couple of tackles to drive over under the posts. Iwan Holder made the conversion to take the Newent lead to 12-7.

The start of the second period continued in similar vein. Hereford were competing well, but found it difficult to score, whilst Newent added a converted try and a penalty goal to their tally.

Eventually from a well-executed lineout, the maul rolled infield and over the line for Scott Robinson to dot down for a second Hereford try, Iwan Holder slotted the conversion.

As the game progressed, Hereford began to drop off some of their first up tackles and Newent added three further tries.

The 1870s held their second place in their league with a a good win 38-0 win over Tamworth 2s at Wyeside. The try scorers were Lewis Turner x2, Will McFarlane, Ben Hyde, Levi Hughes and Jurijs Kudrjavcevs, while Jordon Sheehy added four conversions.