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Written by Graham Cooke

October 23rd, 2018 at 10:37 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety 1st XV only managed a losing bonus point from their 26-24 loss at Trowbridge and that result cost them dear in terms of league placings.  A win would have seen them in joint 3rd place but the loss pushes them down into 6th in a hotly contested top half of the table.  

Combe Down kept up their 100% winning record with a convincing win over Calne, who Minety face in two weeks time, but the surprise result was Avonvale’s loss to Melksham.  Melksham climb above Minety in the table whilst Avonvale, who have been so strong this season, slip down three places to 5th.  Minety face Avonvale at Minety Fields this coming Saturday.

Elsewhere, Pewsey, suffering from a long injury list, went down to fellow strugglers Chippenham while second placed Warminster kept up the pressure at the top with a win at Sutton Benger and 3rd placed Royal Wootton Bassett defeated a Supermarine team stuck at the foot of the table.

Minety 2nd XV’s inability to put out a team at home to Warminster has cost the village team dear.  Steve Wilson’s team now find themselves 2nd from bottom of the league with just one point to their name from 4 games.

Elsewhere, league newcomers Amesbury kept up their impressive run with a big win at Chippenham while second placed Combe Down struggled to overcome a dogged Swindon team. Melksham easily defeated basement club Supermarine while the match of the day looks to have been at 5th placed Bradford on Avon who scraped past 6th placed Bath Saracens by just 2 points in a 78 points match.


Written by Graham Cooke

October 23rd, 2018 at 10:27 am

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Team v. Trowbridge

This is the team who represented Minety in their recent (20th October) D&W1 clash at Trowbridge.  Congratulations to Andy Darrell, and Morgan Aubrey on making their debuts for Minety and for Bram Coleman on his first appearance of the season for the 1st XV.

1. Colin French

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Andy Darrell

4. Ben Scott

5. Matt Stone

6. Ash Windle

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Andrew Hibbard

9. Garin Garland

10. Sam Hughes

11. Dave Cooke

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Bram Coleman

15. Ben Langridge

16. Morgan Aubrey

17. Phil Ward

Written by Graham Cooke

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety rue missed chances

Minety’s unbeaten run came to a halt at Trowbridge on Saturday.  The village side, unbeaten since the first match of the season, narrowly lost 26-24 in a match of 7 tries and many missed chances, and slipped down to 6th place in Dorset and Wilts Division 1.

Injuries and unavailabilities gave coach Andy Grayson the chance to give prop Andy Darrell and flanker Morgan Aubrey their 1st team debuts whilst also introducing Bram Coleman and Phil Ward to the squad.

Man of the Match Andrew Hibbard

On an uncharacteristically warm and sunny October afternoon, Trowbridge kicked off but were soon desperately defending when No. 8 Andrew Hibbard burst through the home defences.  His pass to captain Tom Claxton went to ground but Minety’s all-round pace, on a beautifully prepared pitch, was clear.

Scrum half Garin Garland opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a penalty in front of the posts after a series of swift attacks down the centre.

Two minutes later free scoring centre Jack Howse chipped the ball over the defence and ran through but an unfortunate bounce saw the ball into touch when a try seemed inevitable.

Trowbridge struck back using their significant size advantage to pen Minety back but the village team held out with some tenacious tackling from Coleman and centres Chris Rule and Howse.

Minety increased their lead in the 19th minute.  A huge kick from fly half Sam Hughes was kicked over the dead ball line by the defence.  From the ensuing 5 metre scrum winger Dave Cooke and then flanker Ash Windle were only halted at the line and then Garland was unable to ground the ball over the line.  However, Trowbridge couldn’t halt the next Minety scrum and Garland was able to touch down for a try at the base.  The conversion was successful and Minety stretched the lead to 10.

The home side struck back 3 minutes later when a floated pass in midfield was intercepted by the winger, who raced in to score.  The conversion was straightforward and the home side were back in the game.

Trowbridge took the lead in the 35th minute with their second try after a period of intense pressure during which Minety lost both centres, Rule temporarily and Howse for the match, with injuries.

14-10 down, Minety started the second half strongly  and when Hibbard collected a loose ball at a Trowbridge lineout and set up good field position a second try beckoned but with a three man overlap metres from the line the ball went to ground and the chance was lost.

Minety did accept their next chance in the 51st minute.  After a burst from Rule down the centre disrupted the home defence, the ball was taken on by the bustling second row Ben Scott before Garland found Hibbard, whose brilliant cut back saw him under the posts for Minety’s second try, converted by Garland.

Firmly on the front foot, Minety were back in the Trowbridge 22 from the kick off.  Hibbard broke through again, passing to Garland but his pass to Cooke went awry with the line open.  Moments later debutant Darrell was held up right on the line and another chance went begging.

With their first incursion into Minety territory in the second half, Trowbridge disrupted a Minety scrum and after a series of assaults on the villagers’ line, their prop forward crashed through to score their 3rd try.  The conversion took the score to 21 – 17 as the game entered the last quarter.

With the match opening up and both teams desperate for a winning score, Minety pushed forward again and regained the lead in the 66th minute.  After a tactical kick had pushed Trowbridge back deep into their own 22, Rule collected a clearance kick and ran the ball back and from the following ruck, Garland cleverly spotted a gap, dummied the defence and ran in to score under the posts.  His conversion saw Minety back in front 24-21 with 12 minutes left.

Minety scorned another chance 2 minutes later when the ball was dropped with a clear overlap beckoning and the village side were made to pay dearly when the Trowbridge clearance kick set up a desperate chase.  Somehow the defence failed to deal with the loose ball and Trowbridge were able to score out wide.  The conversion was missed but the home side were back in the lead 26-24.

In a desperate last 10 minutes, Hibbard and Rule went close and when Garland broke free, passing to Hughes the try line opened up but a last gasp tackle stopped the fly half and the chance was gone.

A win would have lifted Minety into 3rd place in the table; the loss condemns them to 6th place.

Coach Grayson will hope that painful lessons will have been learned from this defeat as he prepares his team for next week’s home encounter with Avonvale.

Man of the Match: Andrew Hibbard


Written by Graham Cooke

October 21st, 2018 at 11:03 am

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Weekend review

Both Minety teams are at playing this weekend, the 1st at Trowbridge whilst the 2nds are at home to Warminster, both with 3pm kick off times.

Tom Claxton and his team know that matches against Trowbridge over the years have never been easy for Minety.  

On the 7th November 2015 Minety travelled to Trowbridge and won by 37 – 0 yet when the two teams met in Frebruary 2016, with Minety chasing the championship, its was Trowbridge who emerged 10-5 winners in a scrappy game in the mud.  At the end of the season Minety finished 4th with 68 points whilst Trowbridge were 10th with just 15 points.  The dropped points at home cost Minety a certain top three placing in the league that year.

The two teams didn’t compete against each other in 2016 / 7 but Trowbridge were back in Division 1 for 2017 /8 season.

Minety travelled to Trowbridge on the back of a run of unbeaten games yet were hammered 24 – 8.  Later in the season Minety extracted revenge, beating Trowbridge 36-10 at Minety Fields.  Come the end of the season Minety were again 4th placed in the league with 67 points whilst Trowbridge finished 11th with 28.  Once again, the loss of league points at Trowbridge cost the village team dear.  A win and a bonus point would have almost secured 3rd place!

So far this season Trowbridge have wins over Calne and Chippenham but have lost their last two matches, at home to league leaders Combe Down and away at Melksham.  Minety lie in 4th place in the league whilst Trowbridge sit 7th.

Minety 2nds c ome up against Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday.  Steve Wilson’s team are 5th in Division 3 whilst their opponents sit two places above them, in 3rd place with 10 points from 3 games.  Warminster lost their first game of the season against Amesbury but have registered two convincing wins over Melksham and Bath Saracens.

Match reports will be available on this web site on Sunday morning.




Written by Graham Cooke

October 19th, 2018 at 11:47 am

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Lovell Rugby

Minety RFC is delighted to announce a partnership with Lovell Rugby (www.lovell-rugby.co.uk), the world’s largest on line rugby store.

Connor Bedwell, Lovell Rugby’s Partnership Co-ordinator, said he was glad to hear that Minety wanted to be involved in the firm’s partnership programme.

At the checkout phase of an order, there is a drop down tab labelled ‘Associate this order with a club’. All would be purchasers have to do is select “Minety RFC” as the option, and 5% of the total order value will come back to the club.

Lovell Rugby’s online store is a must for all players, fans and enthusiasts of rugby.  In addition to a huge range of replica rugby shirts, the site also offers training equipment, clothing and protective gear, with appetising discounts on a wide range of goods.

Club captain Tom Claxton is enthusiastic about the partnership.  “This means that we can generate much needed funding for the club while buying kit for ourselves – it’s a win win situation!”

Written by Graham Cooke

October 18th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety in the Press

Our thanks go out to both The Standard and The Gazette for some excellent coverage for Minety RFC over the past two weeks.

If you enjoy the coverage why not buy a copy of the newspaper to help support the local press that does so much to support us.

Written by Graham Cooke

October 17th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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D&W 1st XV Vase

Minety have been drawn to play at home in the semi final of the D&W Senior Vase Competition, where they will face Warminster.  The semi final has been scheduled for Saturday 10th November with a 2pm kick off at Minety Fields.

In the other semi final, Puddletown, who overcame Blandford by 26-14, will face Dorset Dockers.

The final of the competition will be on Saturday 24th November with a 2pm kick off at a venue yet to be decided.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 16th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Film Night at Movies@Malmesbury

OK, so this is not a normal Minety posting, but if you’re at a “loose end” this Friday night, why not pop along to Malmesbury Town Hall at 8pm for Movies@Malmesbury’s screening of “The Festival” featuring, amongst others, cameo performances by Minety RFC’s Dave Cooke and Rob Hinwood.

The perfect way to prepare for our Saturday matches away at Trowbridge and at home to Warminster!

Written by Graham Cooke

October 15th, 2018 at 12:24 pm

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Stat Attack!

Yes, it’s back for another season (massive relief for Stat Attack! fan Anton).  Inundated with requests for its return (well, one or two), your weekly batch of meaningless stats and figures gathered by yours truly and verified by our club statistician, Benjamin Disraeli (still waiting on the wings (well, the right wing to be exact) for his first outing of the season).

  • This is our first Stat Attack! of the season and our second season of Stat Attacks!
  • There have been no Stat Attacks! for 4 D&W1N matches in succession.
  • Minety 1st XV have played 4 D&W1 matches this season, winning 3 and losing 1.
  • Of the four matches only one has been played at home (2 if you include the 2nd XV match against Melksham)
  • We currently have a 100% home record (both Minety teams are unbeaten at home)
  • 1st XV are 4th in the table., 4 points behind the league leaders.
  • 172 points have been scored thus far at an average of 43 per game.
  • 81 points have been conceded thus far at an average of 20.25.
  • The 1st XV’s highest score was 74 against Supermarine; the lowest was 27 against Sutton Benger.
  • The 1st XV has used 28 different players over the 4 games (including bench players)
  • 7 players have featured in all 4 games this season: Ton Claxton, Colin French, Mark Glew, Jack Howse, Ben Scott, Matt Stone and Kieran Tillotesen.
  • Only four players have started all 4 games with the same number on their backs: Tom Claxton (2), Mark Glew (3), Ben Scott (4) and Jack Howse (13).
  • The top points scorers this season are: Jack Ward (31), Ben Sellick (30), Garin Garland (26) and Jack Howse (30).
  • The top try scorers are : Ben Sellick (6) and Jack Howse (5).
  • Jack Howse has scored at least 1 try in each of the 4 league fixtures this season.
  • 25 tries have been scored by the 1st XV this season, spread amongst 12 players.
  • 18 of the 25 tries have been successfully converted – 72% conversion rate.
  • 5 penalties have been successfully kicked.
  • The most points scored in a single game: Jack Ward with 24 against Supermarine.
  • Only one player on the “naughty step” thus far: Matt Stone for his yellow card against Royal Wootten Bassett.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Pupularied by American Mark Twain and attributed by Twain to Disraeli, although Benjamin can’t recall ever saying that – time for an HIA methinks!

Written by Graham Cooke

October 15th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Next fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

October 14th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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No fixtures this weekend

It’s Cup week in the Dorset and Wilts leagues and Minety have a bye through to the semi final of the Senior Men’s Vase competition.  We were the fortunate to benefit from Calne’s decision to forfeit the first round tie last month and now we find that we have a bye through to semi final against teams who will be playing their quarter round ties on Saturday.

It will be a good break for the Minety squads before the hectic run in to Christmas begins.  Hopefully all of the extensive drainage work that has been completed on all three pitches will enable us to run up to and beyond Christmas without all of the problems that have beset the club in the past few years with waterlogged and boggy ground playing havoc with the fixtures and training schedules.

Rugby returns to Minety on the 20th October with the 1st XV travelling to Trowbridge, hoping to maintain and extend their fine run of bonus point winning matches that has taken them up to 4th in Division 1 while the 2nd XV will have a home match against Warminster, again hoping to build on their confidence inspiring victory last time out against Melksham.

Training for all continues on Tuesday night under the lights at Minety with a 7pm start.  All welcome!



Written by Graham Cooke

October 12th, 2018 at 1:32 pm

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MTV of Sutton Benger game now available

The MTV film of the match between Minety 1st XV and Sutton Benger, played in D&W1N on Saturday 6th October 2018 is now available via the Minety player link on the right hand menu or by clicking here.



Written by Graham Cooke

October 10th, 2018 at 9:30 am

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Oktoberfest review

A brief series of photographs taken in the club house just after the game and before the lads, and frauleins, really got started.  Good to see so many of the lads out in suitable attire (what would we do without fancy dress from Amazon).

Before it all got too messy, club captain Tom Claxton presented John Butler (JB) with a club blazer, in recognition of his outstanding work for the club over many decades!


Written by Graham Cooke

October 9th, 2018 at 11:31 am

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Squad who played against Sutton Benger

This is the squad who overcame Sutton Benger 27-10 on Saturday 6th October 2018.

1. Cameron Smith

2. Tom Claxton (c)

3. Mark Glew

4. Ben Scott

5. Matt Stone

6. Rob Hinwood

7. Kieran Tillotsen

8. Ben Sellick

9. Sam Hughes

10. Dave Cooke

11. Steve White

12. Chris Rule

13. Jack Howse

14. Ben Langridge

15. Duncan Simpson

16. Jack Ward

17. Ash Windle

18. Colin French

Written by Graham Cooke

October 8th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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