‘Credit the forwards’ says two-try HewittDate published: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
OUR teenage new boy David Hewitt said the credit for his two tries on debut at Gloucester should go to Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree.
“The forwards did the hard work, I just pushed up in support,” said the 19-year-old half-back, whose two first-half tries crowned his eventful entry into senior rugby as Roughyeds earned the win that, 24 hours later, was to take them back to the top of League One.
He is two weeks into an initial month-long loan spell from St Helens, but if all goes according to plan his stay will be extended to the end of the season.
It was his first game since the end of April when he made his last appearance for Saints in an under-19s match against Hull KR.
His first kick in an Oldham jersey set up an early try for Adam Clay before he followed first Crowley and then Langtree on the inside to race away and score two tries in ten minutes.
He also kicked his first 40-20 in senior rugby, but on the debit side he narrowly missed a drop-goal attempt with Roughyeds 24-12 to the good and applying pressure on the home line.
In the second half it was his hurried kick while under pressure on the last tackle that allowed pacy Lee Mapals to hit the ball at full speed and go round Jack Holmes and Tom Dempsey to score the second of his three tries at the zenith of the All Golds’ fightback.
Said Hewitt: “Not having played for so long, I was excited to get out there and to get my hands on the ball as soon as possible.
“I had trained with the squad for a couple of weeks and that was a huge help. I thought I fitted in okay.
“It was good to score two tries, but they were down to the forwards. I just did what half-backs do and that was to back up when they made the break.
“I knew I was playing senior rugby when I took my first tackle. I could tell the difference. But I thought I did all right when I had to make some one-on-one tackles.
“I made a few mistakes in the kicking department, but I was always going to be a bit rusty because I hadn’t played for a long time..
“On the kick which led to Mapals scoring for them, I stubbed the ground and didn’t get enough height on the ball, but taking everything into consideration I was reasonably happy with my first game in League One.”
Several players who picked up knocks will be assessed at training tonight as Roughyeds start their preparations for Sunday’s 1 v 3 showdown at Whitebank against in-form York City Knights, who will be chasing their fifth win in a row.
Roughyeds are currently the division’s top points scorers with 445, but York have the second best defensive record with only 186 conceded — three more than North Wales Crusaders.
They finished top of Championship One last season with five points more than Hunslet and six more than third-placed Roughyeds, but in the play-offs they were beaten at home by both Hunslet and Oldham, who went on to contest the grand final.
In regular league games, Oldham won a thriller at Whitebank 31-30, but took a drubbing at York, losing 54-12, which made the 31-12 play-off win on the same ground two months later all the sweeter.
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ORSA are sponsoring the match ball plus man-of-the-match and champagne-moment awards. To join ORSA costs £10 a year.