RUGBY: Fairford succumb to Supermarine's physicality
9:14am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
FAIRFORD suffered a disappointing defeat to a well-drilled Supermarine side.
Dorset & Wilts Div 1 North
Surprisingly, Fairford got the better of the early exchanges and had good spell of possession in opposition territory due to good work from fly half Tom Robinson.
Unfortunately, Fairford were unable to convert pressure to points against a tight Marine defence.
Supermarine then started to exert pressure on the home side and eventually Fairford were caught far too narrow in defence and the visitors were able to score out wide.
That became the trend for the rest of the half in what was a typically scrappy affair. Midway through the half, Fairford were down to 14 men with centre Neil Bee receiving a yellow card for a high tackle.
Supermarine used the numerical advantage to their benefit, scoring a second try out wide, which was converted.
After the interval, Fairford weren't able to buck the trend as they could not cope with the physicality on the breakdown, nor were they able to gain a platform to use their superior backs. There were flashes of good work from wings Mike Wrona and centre Ben Crocker, but poor support play meant they were unable to create meaningful opportunities.
Following another try out wide for Marine, Fairford were able to put points on the board through an Andy Waite penalty.
Supermarine were able to secure the bonus point late on with another try to add to an earlier penalty.
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