Edinburgh Napier Knights 30-8 Newcastle University
Newcastle were the visitors at Meggetland on Wednesday and provided Napier with an inital scare when they took the lead after five minutes, after absorbing Napier pressure on their own line.
Napier quickly replied through a try from Lee Ruddock, converted by Cieran Watson and the first half battle continued with Newcastle again coming back strongly to add another score through their livewire half back. However, with a second from Ruddock and another from Watson after a powerful drive from Nial Parkinson was haulted just short of the line, ensured Napier broke the spirit of the Geordie visitors. Half time Score 14 - 8.
The second half was a ruthless and efficient display from Napier with tries scored through Ruddock, for his hat-trick, Michael Wallace and American Dan LeMoine. The middle unit of Wallace, LeMoine, Parkinson and Morgan Martin was totally dominant throughout the second half with Martin and loose forward Parkinson throwing their weight about with some massive hits and agressive running.
The final score of 30-8 was certainly a fair reflection of the contest and sees 'The Knights' sitting top of North 1 as they bid to bring silverware back to Scotland.
Edinburgh Napier Head Coach, Angus McNab, was pleased with the victory but saw more room for improvement in the coming weeks:
"The score today was certainly a fair reflection on the game - we started fairly poorly and were certainly not complaining when we went behind twice. That gave the lads the bit of a kick that was needed and we built from there. There were still too many penalties conceded - and certainly no complaints with these, the lads were 100% offside when stung for it - and against better sides we need to cut these out. However there are no bonus points so two wins from two is great and what we need for the next two weeks when we are away down in England."