RUGBY: Minety hold off Swindon rally
4:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
Dorset & Wilts Div 1
Swindon II 5
MINETY have gone second in the league following a storming first-half performance on Saturday which gave them a lead that all Swindon’s later efforts were unable to undo.
The Minety pack got things off to a fine start with a well-worked catch and drive from an attacking line-out.
No.8 Jack Ward broke from the back of the maul, rounded the full back and powered over for the opening try of the game.
Enjoying the lion’s share of the ball throughout the first half, Minety played good running rugby. When Ward picked up from the base of a scrum on the 22 and popped it to winger Elis Garland, he was off like an arrow, flying in for try number two.
Garland also helped set up the third try, flinging a wonderful long pass to fellow winger Duncan Simpson, creating space for him to gallop over the line for the score.
Minety’s fourth try followed a scrum on halfway. The ball was spread wide and Simpson left his marker for dead to score in the corner.
A penalty goal from centre Luke Radcliffe made it 23-0 at half-time.
Swindon came roaring back in the second half, testing Minety’s defence to the limit. The home team held out for 20 minutes before the visitors finally crossed the try line following a line-out catch-and-drive move of their own.
But that was all Swindon could manage.
Minety tackled well and played a shrewd tactical game, kicking long and forcing their opponents to attack from deep. Swindon could find no way through and when, late in the game, their frustrations led to infringements, Minety kicked another penalty goal to make it 26-5.
Dorset & Wilts Div 3
Minety II 2nd 31
Devizes III 3
Minety seconds got back to winning ways with a disciplined and dominant performance against a feisty Devizes third team.
Skippered by Tim Vaughan, Minety seconds kept possession well against aggressive opponents. Mobile and determined, the home pack competed for the ball on the ground and regularly succeeded in turning over Devizes possession, undermining the visitors’ attacking efforts and setting up plenty of scoring opportunities.
Key player for Minety was Josh Bagshawe, who started as flanker but still performed well when moved to centre later in the game when covering for an injured team-mate.
Tries: Dellam Murray, Josh Bagshawe (3) and Nick Jones.
Conversions: Nick Jones (3).
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