Honour in defeat for ‘out of their skins’ Deepings
Deepings captain Gareth Silverwood left fulsome words of praise ringing in the ears of his side after they almost pulled off a major shock at runners-up elect Old Newtonians.
Two tries from Dom Peacock, plus touchdowns from Michael Harrison and Joel Capper gave the Leicester side the fright of their lives at Hinckley Road.
In spite of their tough task, the Green Machine knew they had the beating of Old Newts having won 27-12 at Linchfield Road last December.
The Midlands Four East (South) was played a week later than played after Deepings were unable to field a full side for the trip to Leicester Forest East last Saturday, a cancellation that left chairman Mark Owen far from happy.
“It’s very disappointing that after three weeks off and with two games left, we can’t field a side,” Owen said.
“It’s fair to say that I’m not happy.”
But a full-strength Deepings XV did travel to Old Newtonians yesterday in what was a thrilling 37-25 defeat for their final away game of the season.
The Green Machine went behind to an early penalty before Dom Peacock went over from a lineout on the Old Newts five-metre line which turned into a rolling maul by the Green Machine forwards to allow hooker Peacock to score.
Old Newts then went over in the corner to regain the lead which only fired up Deepings as vice captain Guy Cunningham broke to feed second row forward Capper who passed to number eight Harrison for the try.
Deepings led 13-12 at half time, but the home side scored a couple of early second-half tries to pull ahead.
But Deepings weren’t finished yet as Joel Capper scored a converted try after tearing the ball from an Old Newts player before going over.
Cunnighma converted to bring his side to within a point of their opponents before another Old Newts converted try kept them in front and despite another try for Peacock after fantastic play by the Green Machine forwards, the game stayed won for the home side.
Silverwood said: “As a captain, that’s probably the proudest moment I’ve had this season.
“We managed to get 20 players to go across to Old Newtonians and they played out of their skins.
“It was a really good performance, a fantastic game of rugby against a full-strength Old Newtonians team and very competitive, with some cracking tries.
“But we got pipped to the post in the ten minutes of a game that definitely a morale-booster for everyone who really enjoyed the competition.
“I’m really, really proud of them all.”