RUGBY: Serious injury to Edwards overshadows Minety II game
11:48pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Dorset & Wilts Div 3.
Combe Down II 17.
Minety II 7.
A SERIOUS injury to Minety fly half Andy Edwards overshadowed a close fixture with Combe Down which the home side eventually won by two tries to one.
It was early in the second half that Edwards went down in a tackle and disappeared under a ruck.
The referee stopped play, an ambulance was sent for and Edwards was taken to hospital, where tests later showed he had fractured his neck in two places.
He was due to have surgery on Monday afternoon at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, but the prognosis was optimistic.
As for the match itself, Minety seconds’ new-look three-quarter line started shakily, but eventually settled down to the job. Solid tackling kept their hosts at bay, until a long-range penalty goal by Combe Down’s fly half gave the home team the lead.
Following up, Combe Down wrestled their way over for a try, and a successful conversion gave them a 10-0 lead at the break.
After the long stoppage for Edwards’ injury, play resumed and, following incisive runs from Tom Windle and Morgan Lightbody, Minety camped in their hosts’ 22.
Forays by Nick Skelton and replacement fly half Nick Jones enabled the Minety pack to set up a ruck, from which Josh Bagshawe crashed over for a try; Jones made the conversion.
At 10-7, the game hung in the balance, but when Minety had a player yellow-carded, Combe Down exploited their advantage by scoring the winning try. Another successful conversion made it 17-7 at the final whistle.