RUGBY: Seven tries for Minety
1:12pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
Dorset & Wilts Div 1 North
Pewsey Vale 0
NIMBLE running and great support play enabled Minety to overwhelm Pewsey Vale and run in seven tries, while their determined tackling ensured a clean sheet in defence.
Struggling for players, Pewsey were forced to cancel their second team fixture and cobble together a combined side to take on their Wiltshire rivals.
Within minutes of kick-off, Minety No.8 Jack Ward was darting away from his opponents, creating space for centre Matt Roberts to finish the move with an early try.
Then Ward himself scored, picking up off the back of a driving maul following an attacking line-out.
Sprinting all the way from the ten-metre line, scrum half Tom Fitzcharles added try number three.
The fourth try was a team effort, with ball won by the forwards and passed all the way down the three-quarter line to winger Duncan Simpson. Taking the ball on halfway, he dodged his cover, pinned his ears back and galloped off on an angled run for a try under the posts.
Centre Luke Radcliffe converted all four of Minety’s first-half tries, though Pewsey missed a penalty goal attempt late in the half.
After the interval, full back Robin Greenway finished a patient build-up with a try for Minety in the left-hand corner.
When the Pewsey scrumhalf flicked the ball to his No.10 after a defensive scrum deep in their 22, Minety fly half Phil Stephens was on him like a shot. The ball went loose across the line and Stephens instantly dived on it for the try.
Pewsey then enjoyed a period in their opponents’ half, but their hosts’ well organised defence refused to give ground.
When Ward finally got his hands on the ball in his own 22, he was straight off again downfield. Piers Dixon took Ward’s pass when he was eventually tackled, cutting back infield, where he linked with hooker Wes Clamp, steaming up in support.
Clamp then neatly side-stepped the last defender to end the game with a seventh and final try for Minety.
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