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Three in a row for New Milton & District RFC after win over Millbrook RFC

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Hampshire Premier
New Milton & District RFC 37
Millbrook RFC 12

NEW Milton continued their rich vein of form with their third win on the bounce, this time against a Millbrook side immediately below them in the league.

History has shown Millbrook as tricky opposition for the hosts, but New Milton dominated in attack and defence to outscore Millbrook six tries to two.

Milton took possession from the kick-off and, from a ruck just inside their half, Adam Lavis kicked the ball high and into the Millbrook 22. Christian Brown followed up quickly and was able to catch the bouncing ball and run in to touch down.

New Milton's Nick McQueen (photo: Tristan Jones)
New Milton's Nick McQueen (photo: Tristan Jones)

Lavis had no issues slotting the conversion.

Millbrook responded quickly, gaining possession in the Milton 22, with their forwards pushing on for the line. The ball was passed out to the backs, who ran in a converted try.

Milton quickly returned, creating pressure, and their play soon earned a five-metre line-out. The ball made its way to player-of-the-match Nick McQueen, who blasted through the defence to score.

The hosts refused to let up the pressure, and Lavis punished Millbrook for conceding penalties by adding three points.

After conceding their first penalty of the half, Millbrook kicked for the corner. From the resulting five-metre line-out, the forwards pushed over for a try.

With the half drawing to a close, Joe Eldridge received the ball before ghosting through the defence to touch down under the posts, with Lavis adding the extras for a 22-12 half-time lead.

Milton were quickly on the attack at the start of the second half, with the backs holding possession, which led to Jude Payne on the wing dodging multiple tackles to touch down.

Milton winger Payne punished a poor clearance kick from the Millbrook fly-half with a brilliant catch before running in for his brace.

Millbrook piled on the pressure in New Milton’s 22 for the last quarter of the match, but the host defence held firm.

The final word went to New Milton, with the forwards winning a line-out and driving for the try-line, with Jack Corbett touching down.

New Milton: P. DuPreez, S. Bew, D. Smith, J. Corbett, G. Short, N. McQueen, B. Treacey, J. Payne, A. Lavis, J. Eldridge, D. Oliver, L. Waugh, C. Brown, C. Conacher, Z. Smith, C. Wood, L. Thomas.

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