Sils travelled north to runaway league leaders Newport (Salop) knowing that they were in for a difficult afternoon. Newport (Salop) were unbeaten and had conceded an average of only 11 points per game, while they had amassed over 600 points.
Sils were soon on the back foot as Newport (Salop) crossed for a try inside three minutes. Sils responded well and on ten minutes they had the lead. Winger Matt Lee charged down a kick and gathered to run in unopposed under the posts. Ollie Trace added the extras.
Newport then found their stride and their heavier pack started to dominate. By the half-hour mark, Newport had re-established their lead and gained their bonus point with three more tries, two of them pushovers.
With the score at 33-7 and half-time approaching, Newport appeared to be cruising but Sils were having none of it. Ill-discipline by the Newport pack resulted in the loosehead being yellow-carded just before the break.
The second period started well for Sils, with their pack making the most of the extra man. Following a series of attacking phases, Sils were camped in the Newport 22. From a 5m lineout, a well-rehearsed training ground move saw back-row Tom Manise drive over for Sils’ second try.
Ten minutes later Sils found themselves in an identical position. Newport were again unable to defend the catch and drive and this time it was utility forward Nick Elliott who emerged from the bottom of the pile with the ball under his arm.
Newport found their stride again and ran in two more converted tries to make the score 47-17 with five minutes to play.
Sils were reduced to 14 when scrum-half Tom Lee was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on.
With a never-say-die attitude, Sils continued to attack and were rewarded when Lee went on a powerful run and crossed the line for his second and Sils’ fourth try to gain a much-needed bonus point. Trace added the extras.