RUGBY: Minch celebrate new ground with double victory
6:19pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
MINCHINHAMPTON RFC enjoyed the perfect start to a new era in their history with a double victory at their new Hollybush Farm ground in Crackstone.
Gloucester Div 3
The Rams (2nd XV) defeated Stow 15-5 and then it was the turn of the firsts who triumphed 20-3 over near-neighbours Cainscross.
Nervous excitement spilled over to leave a first quarter dominated by penalties in both directions, with Cainscross taking the points to go 3-0 up within five minutes.
Both sides began to find their stride, however, Minch dominating the set piece while Cainscross held the upper hand at the breakdown.
Approaching half-time, Minch began to find their rhythm, with the pack making yards around the fringes and giving cleaner, quicker ball.
Muskett released Kimber through midfield, quick ball followed, and patience finally paid off as Little found room outside to score in the corner; Muskett converted for a 7-3 lead.
Flankers Brookman and Sparkhall continued to work feverishly to ensure possession, and Hester found his way over to make it 12-3 at half-time.
Cainscross were resilient after the break, perhaps unlucky not to have taken more from the first half, and put Minch’s defence through their paces with some determined runs out wide.
Minch held out and again gained the upper hand. A tiring Cainscross pack began to feel the strain at the set piece despite Pollard's ten-minute rest for pulling down a maul, and injuries took their toll to disrupt the Cainscross front five.
With possession came territory for Minch, who turned it into points in the final quarter with Kimber capitalising from a driven line-out in the corner. Strong running from a confident Minch nearly saw Goulding reach the line, but the final points went to the boot of Muskett with a penalty for 20-3 at full time.
The game reached a sad conclusion, however, with the Cainscross captain taken for treatment on a fractured leg. All at Minchinhampton RFC wish him a speedy recovery.
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