RUGBY: Minch too strong for new boys Hardwicke
4:30pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
MINCHINHAMPTON travelled to fledgling club Hardwicke & Quedegley Harlequins to secure a bonus-point victory and further their resurgence in this season’s campaign after a lacklustre start.
Gloucester Div 3
Hardwicke and Quedgeley 19
Inexperience from the home side led to a disrupted breakdown. When added to some over-zealous whistling from the referee, the game proved very disjointed, particularly in the opening quarter.
Initially, Minchinhampton failed to capitalise with both Muskett and Hester driving their kicks wide. However, Minchinhampton’s set piece began to dominate and a strong scrum on five metres led to a Meredith try in the corner.
Once off the mark, Minch took hold of the game and opened space up through midfield and out wide, with Luke and Sparkhall the benefactors, before a driven line-out allowed Kimber to score from close range.
In the second half, Minch continued to dominate the set piece, disrupting the Quins line-out and attacking their scrum.
But indiscipline became an issue with Minch ultimately conceding a penalty try for not releasing the tackled player.
This gave Quins some impetus and they began to play with confidence. Minch’s defence looked secure, but repeated penalties again cost them territory and set Quins up for two close-range tries during the half.
Minch nevertheless remained on top thanks to some confident attacking play. Kimber and Luke linked well through midfield and Hester found his way around and through the Quins defence. Humberstone and Allen secured further tries to give Minch the victory 39-19.
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