Minety RFC

Scrum transformers

A “Scrum transformers” course is being run at Swindon Rugby Club on Monday at 7pm. If you occasionally asked to play front row to avoid our matches being conceeded, this is for you. If you’re looking for a major change of position, this course may be for you.  If you’re wishing to mainatin your good looks … find something else!!

The course is free and being run by ex Bath and Scotland prop Dave Hilton.

Please let Andy Grayson (details on Contacts page) know if you are up for this course.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 18th, 2018 at 9:48 am

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Results from Saturday’s matches

Saturday’s double postponement of fixtures at Minety mean that both teams must return to action next weekend, Saturday 24th February, for their matches against table topping Bradford on Avon and Melksham in Divisions 1 and 3 North.





Some surprising results from matches that did go ahead on the 17th February.  Warminster’s close loss at Supermarine gave them a losing bonus point which takes them above Minety in the table but it did provide the Swindon based team with a 6th win of the season as they climbed up to 8th place in the league.  The biggest surprise was Royal Wootton Bassett’s toppling of title chasing Combe Down at Ballards Ash by 34-19.  Down’s loss and Avonvale’s win the weekend before means that newly promoted Avonvale are up to 2nd place in the league, a remarkable feat for a new team.  At the bottom of the table Swindon returned only their second win of the season against 7th placed Chippenham while Melksham moved up from 11th to 9th place with a tight win over fellow strugglers Trowbridge.








In Division 3 North top of the table Corsham maintained their 100% record with a crushing 71-7 victory over 7th placed Supermarine although they were outscored by 3rd placed Trowbridge who thumped struggling Swind by 74-0.  In the other match, 2nd placed Warminster defeated 5th placed Bath Saracens in a high scoring encounter.





Minety sit in 9th place, one off the bottom, although 21 points ahead of bottom placed Melksham, but have suffered with team penalties this season through not being able to fulfil fixtures.  Matt Stone’s team will hope that next week’s game against Melksham can go ahead if only to improve their league position.  It is interesting that 9th placed Minety are still showing a positive “Points For / Points Against” total.  Only three other clubs share that sort of record, and they sit comfortably clear at the top of the table!




Written by Graham Cooke

February 18th, 2018 at 9:37 am

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Minety matches postponed

After an early morning inspection of all three pitches at Minety, both games scheduled for today have had to be postponed.  Two of the playing surfaces have significant areas of standing water while the third pitch has still not recovered from the match against Supermarine when an already wet pitch was turned into a mud bath.






The unplayable pitches at Minety and Tom Claxton, 1st team captain, who was present at the early morning inspections.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 17th, 2018 at 10:32 am

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Next Fixtures

Both Minety teams are due to return to action this coming Saturday although, as I write, the pitches at Minety are subject to inspections on Saturday morning, all three having suffered from the recent spell of wet weather.  As soon as we hear news we will publish it here.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV face a stiff challenge in table topping Bradford on Avon but will need to get a win if they are to keep up with the top three teams in the table.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV will be hoping that tomorrow’s match is on as they face bottom of the table Melksham with a chance to leap frog both Swindon and Supermarine, who sit directly above them in the table.

Match reports will be available on this site on Sunday.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 16th, 2018 at 5:01 pm

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Results from last weekend

Despite the fact that both Minety sides were without league fixtures this weekend, there was action elsewhere around in both Dorset and Wilts 1N and 3N.

In Division1 North Pewsey Vale lost out on an opportunity to close the gaps to Warminster and Minety at the top of the table.

The loss to Avonvale keeps Pewsey 12 points behind Warminster and 14 behind Minety.  Avonvale keep up their excellent run and move above Combe Down, although the latter have two matches in hand.  Minety 1st XV return to action on Saturday with an encounter with table topping Bradford on Avon, keen to put the memory of the defeat at Combe Down a week ago well and truly behind them.  The last time the two teams met Bradford emerged narrow winners and the Bradford coach admitted that they had been pushed as hard by Minety as anyone this season.


In the other match, Supermarine’s win took them up to 8th place in the league table, Melksham remaining just two places off the bottom.

In the only fixture in Division 3 North, Corsham maintained their unbeaten record with a crushing 66-0 victory over Bath Saracens.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 12th, 2018 at 10:08 am

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Have you booked your place yet?

Not long to go!  If you haven’t booked your ticket (£10) for the curry after the matches please do so by contacting Dave Peirce as soon as possible.  See Contacts’ Page for Dave’s contact details.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 9th, 2018 at 11:40 am

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Test your 6 Nations Knowledge

It’s 6 Nations Quiz time; time to put your knowledge to the test about England v. Wales.

Follow this link: http://www.englandrugby.com/news/features/six-nations-quiz-time-england-wales/?sf181404314=1

Good luck.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 9th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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6 Nations Rugby at Minety RFC

Most of the 6 Nations matches will be shown on the big screen at Minety RFC so why not come along, enjoy a drink from the bar, some fine banter and join in the fun.

At present we can confirm the following:

10th February England v. Wales  4.45pm kick off.  No Minety rugby fixtures.

24th February Wales v. Ireland at 2.15pm followed by Scotland v. England at 4.45pm.  The “Return of the Delhi Belly” Curry Night follows these games.  If you want a ticket (£10) please contact Dave Peirce (peircey@talktalk.net) as soon as possible.

10th March Ireland v. Scotland at 2.15pm followed by France v. England at 4.45pm.

On the 17th March the Minety players will be on the “School Boys Bus Tour” around the area.  For further details please contact Ben Collins (b.m.j.collins@gmail.com).  We will publish further details of the activities planned for the 17th closer to the date.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 8th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Stat Attack!

“Pointless – definition – having little or no sense, use, or purpose.”

  • Last Saturday was the first time this season that the 1st XV have not scored a try.
  • It was also the first time since 20th February 2016 that the 1st XV have not scored a point in a match (Royal Wootton Bassett 32 Minety 0)
  • The last time a team scored 46 points against us was on 4th March 2017 when Corsham, who went on to be promoted, defeated us 46-3
  • Saturday’s result was Minety’s heaviest defeat of the D&W1N season
  • It was the heaviest league defeat since 28th March 2015 when Minety lost 47-0 to Melksham.
  • Players 35, 36 and 37 in the form of Martin Coe, Bramwell Coleman and Craig Smith, were added to the list of 1st team players used this season in 15 matches
  • Saturday’s front row may have been the oldest collectively with over 100 years of experience at their beck and call
  • Surnames with the letter C now overtake W’s.  Chisholm, Church, Claxton, Coe, Coleman, Collins and Cooke
  • Saturday saw the first ever request from a non player to be included in a Stat Attack feature!  Dave Peirce
  • It was only the 2nd time this season that a player of Scottish birth was not on the pitch for Minety.  Colin FRench is injured and reports suggest that Duncan Simpson may have gone into hiding after witnessing the Welsh win on Saturday
  • Saturday 2nd February 2018 was the first time that Minety had visited Combe Down since 12th September 2015 (when we lost 41-22)
  • Saturday marked the 14th time that Anton has resisted the temptation to play for the 1st XV
  • The Number 46!  We have accrued 46 league points this season and conceded 46 match points on Saturday.
  • Minety is still in 4th place in the league, despite the loss, after Warminster failed to beat Chippenham
  • Minety is now 12 points below 3rd placed Avonvale and 17 below table topping Bradford on Avon
  • Tom Claxton has the most appearances this season with 14 from 15 matches
  • Jack Howse has the most currently consecutive appearances with 10 from 15
  • Ben Scott has the longest run of consecutive appearances this season with 12 from 15 matches

Disraeli was, once again, unavailable, but upon seeing the revised team sheet, said, “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”  How true!


Written by Graham Cooke

February 7th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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MTV announcement

We regret to report that there is no MTV coverage of the match against Combe Down from last Saturday.

Trying to shelter from the rain, my vision was obscured for the opening exchanges and then, when I relocated to the open side of the ground, the misty drizzle kept covering the lens, making focussing (not my strongest point) almost impossible.

We hope to have the service back again for Minety’s next match against Bradford in a fortnight’s time.


Written by Graham Cooke

February 6th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s loss at Combe Down may have dented the confidence but Warminster’s inability to win against 7th placed Chippenham means that Minety remainh in a very creditable 4th place in Dorest and Wilts Division 1 North.

Elsewhere, Bradford maintained their position at the top of the table with a win against the improving Pewsey Vale team while Avonvale, in the first season in D&W1N kept up the pressure with a win against Melksham.  Supermarine recorded trheir first win since week 3 of the season with a confidence boosting 32-12 defeat of Royal Wootton Bassett while Trowbridge inflicted another defeat on a Swindon side rooted at the foot of the division.

Having to concede another match, their 3rd concession of the season because of a lack of playing resources, means that they slip further down the table and now sit in 9th place, their lowest league position of the season.

Table topping Corsham and 2nd placed Trowbridge both enjoyed big wins on the road.  Corsham, unbeaten this season, inflicted a crushing defeat on 6th placed Bradford and now look odds on favourites for promotion at the end of the season.  Trowbridge mainatined the gap of 14 points by beating Chippenham.






Written by Graham Cooke

February 5th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety Blitzed

A patched up Minety team were soundly beaten by Dorset and Wilts Division front runners, Combe Down, by 46-0 on Saturday.

The result brings to an end an unbeaten run for the village side stretching back to 11th November.  Minety, forced by injuries and unavailability, made 8 changes to the team which had beaten Supermarine the previous Saturday and gave season debuts to front rowers Martin Coe and Craig Smith and a full debut to Bramwell Coleman.

Combe Down, who sit just behind leaders Bradford on Avon, but with a game in hand, started at breakneck speed and crossed the line for their first try after just 3 minutes. The villagers’ cause was further hindered when hard running centre Jack Howse was sent to hospital with a bad hand injury within the first 5 minutes.  Combe Down extended their lead in the 10th minute with another try and the third and, bonus point winning, 4th try, came in the 14th and 18th minutes as the village side struggled to get themselves organised and moving on a very heavy pitch.

24 points down with just a quarter of the match played and an avalanche of points might have been predicted,  but Andy Grayson’s team, led from the front by hooker and captain Tom Claxton, fought their way back into the match and steadied the ship.  Ferocious and fearless tackling, especially from No. 8 Ben Sellick, fly half Jack Ward and centre Dave Church helped clear the lines and push Combe Down back.  With a front row stacked with experience, but also with a collective age of over 100, Minety’s scrum held its own and then started to dominate as the half wore on.

Jack Ward, Martin Coe & Craig Smith

Matt Roberts, playing at full back, troubled the Combe Down defence with his kicking and running and Church and Sellick were always in the thick of the action in the centre of the field.

At half time coach Grayson was forced into more changes as Minety lost fly half Tom McAllister and Church was moved to cover him.  Colemen’s introduction to the 1st team was a brutal one when he was on the wrong end of a huge tackle just after catching a flighted pass.

Combe Down struck their 5th try with a swift move down the left wing in the 41st minute and registered their 6th in the 66th minute.

By the time that they had scored their 7th and 8th tries in the closing minutes, Minety had lost the influential Claxton to a hip injury and were a team out on their feet.

Coe and Smith, both coaxed out of 1st XV retirement, enjoyed the match but admitted that it had been really hard work.

Coach Andy Grayson was philosophical about the defeat.  “I cannot fault the commitment of any of the lads who played today – they gave everything and for large parts of that game matched a very impressive Combe Down side.  The injury crisis at the club has hit both teams; the 2nd XV couldn’t put out a team today against Swindon and some of their players came across to bolster the 1st’s , for which we are very grateful. We now have a short break and will be hoping to get as many players fit for the final push towards the end of the season.”

When the two teams met earlier in the season at Minety, Combe Down won with the last kick of the match.

Minety maintain their 4th place in the league but face table toppers Bradford at Minety Fields in a fortnight’s time.

Minety 2nd XV were forced to concede their match at Swindon when it became clear that they couldn’t raise a team.  Like the 1st XV, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV have a week off before facing Melksham on the 17th February.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 4th, 2018 at 11:20 am

2nd XV match at Swindon OFF

We have just heard that the 2nd XV D&W3N fixture at Swindon has been called off.  At the time of writing, the 1st XV game at Combe Down is still on.

As soon as we hear any more information we’ll let you know.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 3rd, 2018 at 9:32 am

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Stat Attack!

Disraeli’s been up to his old tricks again!

  1. The three tries scored on Saturday against Supermarine maintain Minety’s record of having scored at least one try in every league match this season
  2. Steve White became the 34th player this season to don a 1st team shirt
  3. Ben Scott missed Saturday’s match with injury, bringing to a close a run of consective appearances dating back to 9th September, 12 matches in total
  4. Tom Claxton and Garin Garland are now at the top of the appearance charts with 13 appearances from 14 matches
  5. Jack Howse now has the longest unbroken run of appearances for the 1st team with 9 consecutive appearances going back to 28th October
  6. Chris Rule and Joack Howse are now the most commonly used Minety centre pairing this season
  7. Supermarine’s penalty in the 26th minute was the first points scored against Minety this season, a total of 186 minutes plous stoppage time
  8. Minety have now prevented an opposition team scoring a try in 4 matches this season: Swindon (9th December); Warminster (13th January); RWB (20th January); and Supermarine (27th January)
  9. Garin Garland’s 10 points (try, conversion and penalty) take his totla for the season to 156 points or 46.71% of the total
  10. The 1st XV have scored 334 points over 14 matches, averaging 23.86 per game.
  11. The 1st XV have conceded 169 points in 14 games, averaging 12 points per game
  12. The move above Warminster into 4th place in the league is the highest position attained this season
  13. In the 2016 / 2017 season the team accrued 57 points, scoring 557 points (average 25.3) and conceding 435 (average 19.8)
  14. In the 2017 / 2018 season thus far we have 8 games left and have already gained 46 points
  15. Jack Ward’s try was his 4th of the season and he now joins Matt Roberts as 3rd top points scorer this season (behind Garin Garland and Dave Cooke)
  16. 17 different players have scored points for Minety this season
  17. 12 yellow cards and 0 reds have been shown to Minety players in the 14 games played
  18. Minety is 12 points behind the leaders (Bradford) and 46 above the bottom team (Swindon)
  19. 6 of the 12 league teams have scored more than Minety; only 3 have conceded fewer
  20. The letter “W” is the most common 1st letter of a surname of a Minety 1st team player (Ward, Watts, Wilson, Windle, Windle and White)
  21. Wednesday night’s training session in Swindon was the first away from the club since 2016 and was certainly the coldest on record!

As Disraeli so appositely put it: Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 2nd, 2018 at 9:13 am

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MTV Supermarine

For all those who have waited for it to be published through the web site, the MTV film of the mud fest that was the D&W1N match against Supermarine on Saturday is now available through this link, by clicking on the MTV icon or through the Minety Player link in the right hand menu.  For the 83 who have already downloaded and watched it, you know what it’s like!

For those of a delicate disposition, an aversion to mud and grime or a strong desire to watch flowing, skilled rugby … this may not be for you!


Written by Graham Cooke

January 31st, 2018 at 7:59 am

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Important: Due to the waterlogged surfaces at Minety we are planning to only do curry and show the dvd on Tuesdays at 7:30.
Training will now be on Wednesday at 7:30 at Peatmoor Primary school in Swindon on their AstroTurf.
We have booked for 4 weeks so we imagine this will continue through February if the pitches at Minety don’t improve drastically.
Peatmoor Primary School, Pepperbox Hill, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5DP

Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2018 at 2:30 pm

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Horus World Record update

Ben Collins; Matt Stone; Matt Chisholm; Matt Cross; Garin Garland; and Ben Langridge!

These 6 Minety players have written themselves into the Guinness Book of Records for taking part in the longest marathan game of rugby 7’s, playing alongside our good friends from the Horus 7 team (RAF) and Witney Rugby Club.

Over the weekend of the 29th July 2017, our magnificent 6, aided and abetted by a huge number of supporters from Minety RFC, joined forces with players from Witney Rugby club to form the Witney Barbarians 7 a side team.  They took on the RAF team, Horus 7, in a gruelling and hugely challenging marathon game of rugby 7’s lasting over 24 hours.

This video is taken from the “Forces News Channel” and features Phil Thomas, captain of the Horus 7’s rugby team explaining what happened.



Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2018 at 11:28 am

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Results from the weekend

Minety’s march up Dorset and Wilts Division 1 continued with a dogged if rather unspectacular vistory over Supermarine on Saturday. The home side won by 20-3, and are un beaten in the league since mid November.  The 3 points they conceded were the first they have let an opposition have since Melksham’s last gasp equalising score back in December. Of more note is the fact that Minety have now leapfrogged Warminster and now sit in 4th place.

Combe Down’s fixture with Pewsey was postponed, presumably because of pitch conditions, and Minety travel there next week.  The surprise result of the day was Warminster’s loss at Royal Wotton Bassett.  Bradford go top of the table with a bonus point winning victory over Melksham while newly promoted Avonvale keep up the pressure at the top with a fine 43-0 win at Swindon. Chippenham’s revival continues with a good win over Trowbridge.

In Dorset and Wilts Division 3, MInety’s 10-0 loss at home to a fast rising Chippenham side sees them slip to 7th in the table.

With leaders Corsham not playing, it was a chance for the pursuing pack to make up ground.  Warminster made hard work of beating Swindon.  At the other end of the table, bottom side Devizes drew with 2nd from bottom Melksham.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety win in mud bath

Minety maintained their unbeaten run, stretching back to early November, with a dogged and unspectacular 20-3 win over Supermarine in quite appalling conditions at Minety on Saturday.

Many must have been surprised that the waterlogged pitch had passed a pre match inspection and it was soon evident that underfoot conditions would play a major role in the outcome of the game.

With the rain sweeping across the ground and spectators huddling in groups, Minety kicked off playing down the slope.

Fun in the mud – 2nd half action

The home side dominated the early exchanges and opened the scoring in the 7th minute before Supermarine had even ventured out of their own half.  Strong running from centres Jack Howse and Chris Rule and No. 8 Andrew Hibbard pushed the visitors back and a fine move saw flanker Ben Sellick stopped on the line but a quick pass to scrum half Garin Garland allowed Josh Bull to grab his 3rd try of the season wide on the left.

Garland’s long range conversion attempt drifted wide but the home side were 5-0 up.

The village side’s dominance at both scrum and lineout gave them plenty of possession but with the pitch cutting up badly and the ball like the proverbial bar of soap, maintaining possession beyond two phases was well-nigh impossible.

Supermarine struck back but determined tackling from the Minety pack held them at bay until the 26th minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty in front of the posts.  The ensuing points for Supermarine were the first to be scored against Minety since mid-December.

Tom Claxton leads his team off at the end

The inform Minety team scored their second try in the 31st minute.  Full back Duncan Simpson’s introduction into the line moved the ball to Supermarine’s try line.  Hibbard disrupted a Supermarine lineout and fly half Tom McAllister’s run back against the direction of play split the defence.  Captain Tom Claxton and his forwards drove the ball to the line and Garland picked up at the base of the ensuing ruck, beating two defenders to score.  Garland’s long range conversion saw Minety end the first half 12-3 up.

Coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees brought Jack Ward on to replace the returning Steve White, back after a long term should injury, but with the pitch deteriorating rapidly, the match became even more fragmented with both teams struggling in a sea of mud.

Minety produced the best move of the half starting with a break out by Bull followed by a 50 metre advance involving nearly all of the team.  The move ended when Supermarine were penalised but Garland, usually so reliable from the kicking tee, sliced the penalty wide.

Tom Claxton, Ben Coilins and Jack Ward

Mired in the mud and unable to find the fluid, quick passing game that has proved so successful this season, Minety struggled to contain the oppositions for great swathes of the 2nd half without ever looking as if they were going to concede a try.

A typically barn storming cross field run by Howse ended with him flat on his back after an unsafe tackle.  After a lengthy delay while the young centre received treatment on the pitch, Garland slotted home the resulting penalty to extend the lead to 15-3.

Minety ended the scoring when Ward barrelled his way over wide on the right to score Minety’s 3rd try and ensure a 20-3 points victory that takes them up into 4th place in Division 1, above Warminster, who surprisingly lost at Royal Wootton Bassett.

After the match Coach Andy Grayson praised his team.  “We defended well in truly awful conditions but we made hard work of attacking.  We have a team that likes to play quick running rugby and we just got bogged down in the 2nd half.”

Dave Cooke, Chris Rule, Garin Garland and Ben Sellick

Next week the 1st XV travel to league leaders Combe Down determined to reverse the last play defeat they suffered earlier in the season.

In the weekend’s other match, Minety 2nds lost a hard fought encounter with title chasing Chippenham by 10-0 in Division 3.

Written by Graham Cooke

January 28th, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Major breaking news at Minety

Written by Graham Cooke

January 26th, 2018 at 11:35 am

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Next Fixtures


Both Minety teams are at home for the first time in 2018 and will be looking for maximum points at Minety Fields on Saturday afternoon.

Tom Claxton’s 1st XV go into Saturday’s match in 5th place with 8 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses from their 13 league matches completed this season.  Their 42 points put them 29 points clear of their opponents, Supermarine, who lie in 10th place with 3 wins and 9 losses from their 12 league matches.

The 1st XV go into the match unbeaten since 11th November with 4 wins and a draw in their last 5 matches, including the two shut outs of Warminster and Royal Wootton Bassett at the start of 2018.  Supermarine started the season strongly with three straight wins.  Indeed, Minety were the first team to inflict a defeat on the Swindon team when they won at Supermarine by 38-5 on 7th October.  Since then Supermarine have lost all 9 matches in the league and find themselves dangerously placed in the league.  Heavy defeats by the league’s top teams Combe Down, Warminster and Bradford have dented Supermarine’s league stats and in their last match they were on the end of a shut out at home to Pewsey Vale, losing 0-26.

Matt Stone’s 2nd XV take on Chippenham at Minety Fields on Saturday, kick off 2.15pm.  Minety lie 6th in the table with 6 wins and 5 losses garnering them 26 points.  Their opponents are presently in 4th place with 7 wins and 5 losses from their 12 completed league fixtures.

Minety will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at Trowbridge last weekend.  Having worked hard to match thier illustrious opponents in the first half, going in 5-0 down, the flood gates rather opened in the second half and Matt Stone will be looking for a strong start against a good Chippenham in what will be their first home match since 25th November.

Chippenham come into the game with confidence having seen off 2nd placed Warminster in their last match.

Reports on the matches will be posted here on the site on Sunday morning.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 26th, 2018 at 11:06 am

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Stat Attack!

Another meander through the meaningless!

  1. It is now 174 minutes of play since an opposition player scored a point against the 1st XV.
  2. It is the first time in over 2 season, probably longer, since Minety have enjoyed consecutive shut outs in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.
  3. There have been 12 shut outs all season in Division 1 North, 5 of them occuring in the last two rounds of matches.
  4. The top 6 teams have all scored over 300 points this season, Minety being the 6th highest scorers.
  5. Only Combe Down (1st), Bradford on Avon (2nd) and Avonvale (3rd) have conceded fewer points than Minety.
  6. Minety are 12 points behind the league leaders (Combe Down) and 42 above the bottom club, Swindon.
  7. Saturday’s points mean it is now mathematically impossible for Minety to be relegated.
  8. Ben Scott has the highest number of consecutive appearances for the 1st XV this season with 12 on the bounce.
  9. Saturday’s win at Royal Wootton Bassett was the 1st time this season when no Scottish players have been on the pitch for Minety.  Colin French was injured and Duncan Simpson unavailable.
  10. Minety maintained their record of having scored a try in every league match this season.
  11. No new players were introduced into the 1st XV this season.  We have still only used 33 players!
  12. Andrew Hibbard played his 1st match in the front row this season at RWB.
  13. Saturday’s encounter was the first time this season that hooker Tom Claxton has not had either Colin French or Nick Britten propping alongside him.
  14. For the 12th time this season Anton turned down the chance to play!!
  15. Garin’s 9 points takes him to 146 for the season or 46% of MInety’s total points.
  16. Jack Ward and Ben Langridge recorded their 3rd tries of the season.
  17. Matt Roberts became the 6th Minety player to enjoy 10 minutes on the “naughty step” this season.
  18. The 2nd XVs match at Trowbridge on 20th January was their first competitive fixture since the defeat at Corsham on 9th December.
  19. The loss at TRowbridge was the 2nds biggest defeat of the season and the first time this season that they have not scored.
  20. In the reverse fixture back in September Minety beat Trowbridge 40-5


As Disraeli, once again absent from both training and the match, said: Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 25th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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MTV Bassett game

MTV’s coverage of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 encounter between Royal Wootton Bassett and Minety 1st XV on Saturday 20th January is now available through Minety Player.  You can access the action through this link, by clicking on the MTV icon or through the Minety Player link on the right hand menu.



Written by Graham Cooke

January 24th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

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Results from the weekend

There have only been 12 shut outs (where a team has denied the opposition a single point) in D&W1N this season, 5 in the last two weeks and two consecutive shut outs for Minety.  After their expansive 32-0 defeat of Warminster last week, this week’s 19-0 defeat of Royal Wootton Bassett was more pragmatic but still very effective in keeping tabs with the teams at the top of the table.

Combe Down missed the chance of a 4 try bonus point in their victory over Melksham while Bradford benefitted from only the second Walk Over in D&W1N this season, when struggling Swindon were unable to fulfil the fixture.  Third placed Avonvale continued their impressive rise up the table with a comprehensive victory over Chippenham while Warminster returned to winning ways after a troublesome month with a hard earned victory over improving Trowbridge.

In the other match, the fast improving Pewsey Vale comprehensively defeated Supermarine, who are Minety’s next opposition at Minety Fields on Saturday.

The heavy defeat for the 2nd XV at Trowbridge dented their “Points For / Points Against” totals but did not cost them any places in the league.  After a long lay off from compeitive fixtures, Matt Stone’s patched up team found Trowbridge too hot to handle and reports are that a number of the Minety players were to be found in local branches of A&E after the bruising encounter.

In other matches, Bath Saracens took the opportunity to create a gap between themselves and Minety with a good win over Supermarine whilst Chippenham, who travel to Minety on Saturday, overcame third placed Warminster in a high scoriong affair.

Corsham mainatined their lead at the top of the table with another huge bonus point victory, this time Melksham being the hapless visitors.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 23rd, 2018 at 10:41 am

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Minety’s double delight

Minety completed the league double over their nearest Dorset and Wilts rivals at Royal Wootton Bassett on Saturday whilst also celebrating their second successive shut out of the new year.  The village side have remarkably played nearly three hours of rugby since an opposition player has scored against them.

In damp and miserable conditions, on a heavy pitch and with a wet, slippery ball, Minety put the opposition on the back foot from the kick off.  Having been forced into making sweeping changes after injuries sustained in their recent win over Warminster, Minety dominated the early scrums and lineouts.

The villagers took the lead in the 4th minute, scrum half Garin Garland slotting home a penalty from 22 metres after Bassett were punished at a scrum.

Minety lost hard charging centre Jack Howse to a nasty eye injury in the 5th minute but kept up the pressure with impressive line speed and ferocious tackling.  Prop Andrew Hibbard was stopped a metre from the line as Minety pushed the home side back.

The combination of hard tackling and fly half Tom McAllister’s exceptional tactical kicking meant that Minety were able to dominate ball possession and territory as the game settled down.

Garland doubled the lead in the 17th minute after the Bassett line was caught off side after a lineout.

Minety scored their first try in the 21st minute.  Breaks from flanker Josh Bull and No. 8 Ben Sellick and another inch perfect kick from McAllister drove Bassett back and when Kieran Tillotsen’s midfield tackle turned over possession Garland fired the ball through the backs to winger Ben Langridge, who evaded four defenders to score in the corner.

Garland extended the lead to 14 points in the 34th minute with a 35 metre penalty kick as Minety controlled the game, keeping the home side comfortably away from the visitors’ try line.

Minety’s injury crisis was compounded before the interval when they lost both wingers, Langridge to another eye injury and Dave Cooke to a head injury.

Bassett enjoyed their best spell of possession and territory as the half drew to a close but seldom looked capable of breaching a resolute Minety line.  Bull dominated the lineout and McAllister was always on hand to clear the lines if needed.

The second half was, in the main, a drab affair with Bassett pressing for a score but Minety holding them out.  Sellick and full back Matt Roberts put in some punishing tackles while both lineout and scrummage continued to give Minety quality ball.

The teams exchanged penalty misses late on as Bassett pushed hard for a score but, despite spending time camped out on the Minety line, they were unable to breach the defence.

In the 85th minute Minety scored their second try.  Strong running from centre replacement Tom Windle and a sumptuous kick to touch 5 metres out from McAllister saw Bassett scramble to clear their lines and, after another strong run from Windle, McAllister threw a 20 metre pass to replacement Jack Ward who touched down in the corner.

Coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees were delighted with the performance, the latter commenting that, “It wasn’t pretty but we took our opportunities and made the best of difficult conditions.  The tackling was tremendous, the set pieces worked despite so many player changes and Tom McAllister’s kicking was outstanding.”

The win keeps Minety in 5th place, equal on points with 4th placed Warminster.  Next week Minety welcome 10th placed Supermarine to Minety Fields as they aim for a top three position in the league.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Minety 2nds travelled to 2nd placed Trowbridge in Division 3 but were well beaten 47-0.



Written by Graham Cooke

January 21st, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Next Fixtures

Written by Graham Cooke

January 19th, 2018 at 6:20 am

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Wonderful news from Minety’s Robin Greeenway:

Hi all,
Just thought I’d let you know the happy news that, after an eventful few days, we welcomed our little baby boy into the world on Sunday 14th January! He was born at 7.05pm weighing 7.5lbs and is absolutely amazing. His name is Eli Arthur Greenway
After a couple of days in hospital, we are both back at home safe and all doing well.
Much love, the Greenway family! xxx

Everyone at Minety RFC sends their best wishes to Robin, Danni and little Eli.  I gather that, as this is being written, Cliff is searching our a new set of player registration papers!

Written by Graham Cooke

January 18th, 2018 at 7:42 pm

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Stat Attack!

This feature becomes more obscure with each passing week, but some people find it entertaining!  So what has our resident statistician, Benjamin Disraeli, come up with this week?

  • 3 teams failed to score in D&W1N fixtures at the weekend, the most shut outs on a single Saturday this season.
  • Saturday’s shut out of Warminster was Minety 1stXV’s first shut out of the season in the league fixtures.
  • Warminster failed to score a point for the first time this season on Saturday.
  • In terms of appearances this season for the 1st XV, Tom Claxton, Garin Garland, Colin French and Ben Scott still lead the way with 11 appearances from 12 matches.
  • Ben Scott has the longest unbroken record of 11 appearances on the bounce.
  • Matt Stone became the 33rd different player to appear for the 1st XV this season.
  • Garin Garland is the top scorer, his 17 points on Saturday taking him to 137, or 46% of all points scored by the 1st XV.
  • Dave Cooke’s try keeps him as top try scorer (other than Garin), with 6 from 8 appearances, and 2nd top points scorer with 30 points.
  • Minety kept up their record of scoring at least one try in each league match this season.
  • Jack Howse became the 17th player to score points for the 1st XV this season.
  • It took 46 minutes for anyone to score down the slope on Saturday (Garin Garland’s second half penalty).
  • By the end of the match with Warminster Minety had registered 15 points playing uphill and 17 downhill.
  • 5 players still sit on the “naughty step” for picking up yellow cards: Garin Garland, Dave Church, Rob Hinwood, Ash Windle and Ben Collins.

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.  (Disraeli)

Written by Graham Cooke

January 18th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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MTV of Warminster match available

The film of Saturday’s tremendous performance against Warminster is up and available through MTV (Minety TV).  You can access the MTV page through this link, by clicking on the MTV icon on the right or using the Minety Player option on the right hand menu.  Decisions, decisions!



Written by Graham Cooke

January 17th, 2018 at 9:29 am

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Results from D&W1N

Saturday’s brilliant win over Warminster was the stand out result of the weekend in Dorset and Wilts Division 1.  To beat a quality outfit like Warminster is good but to inflict their biggest defeat and only shut out of the season thus far is remarkable and bodes well for Tom Claxton’s side as they begin the second half of the season.

Combe Down continue to pile on the points with a huge win away from home at Swindon while Bradford maintained the pressure at the top of the table with a close win at Chippenham.  Last year’s promoted team, the well organised Avonvale outfit took full advantage of Warminster’s loss with a 22-0 shut out of Trowbridge and now leapfrog Warminster into 3rd place.

Elsewhere, the improving Pewsey Vale overcame our closest rivals, Royal Wootton Bassett in a high scoring game.

Next Saturday Minety travel to Royal Wootton Bassett looking for maximum points to keep tabs with the top teams in the league, all of whom would appear to have winnable matches against teams towards the lower end of the table.  Claxton and coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees know that Minety will have to avoid a similar slip up to the ones that cost them so dearly before Christmas away at Trowbridge and home against Melksham where valuable points were lost.  It is worth noting that had Minety won both of those encounters with a similar score to the one against Warminster they would be right on the coat-tails of Bradford!

The 2nd XV were not playing last Saturday but return to league action next Saturday away at Trowbridge.




Written by Graham Cooke

January 16th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Minety turn on the style

Minety RFC began their 2018 Dorset and Wilts campaign with an emphatic 32-0 win over championship chasing Warminster at Minety Fields on Saturday that left coaches Andy Grayson and Hywel Rees delighted.

The visitors, who started the day 3rd in the league, kicked off down the slope in the first half and had a chance in the opening exchanges when their superior weight in the scrum forced Minety back.  The penalty kick drifted wide and Minety showed their intent in a wonderful counter attacking move involving scrum half Garin Garland, centre Chris Rule, full back Duncan Simpson and Number 8 Andrew Hibbard which ended with Garland being held up in a tackle under the Warminster posts.

Ferocious tackling in mid field and fast movement of the ball along the line put Minety on top and their first try came in the 14th minute.  Fly half Tom McAllister broke the defensive line before off-loading to centre Jack Howse, who evaded five defenders to score a superb try from 30 metres out.  Garland converted and Minety led 7-0.

Jack Howse scores try Number 1

The villagers’ forwards, driven on by captain Tom Claxton, set up quality ball and allowed the free running back division to use their pace and guile to drive the visitors back.  If the home team’s first try was a fine individual effort, the second, which came in the 24th minute, was an outstanding team effort.  McAllister’s penalty kick to touch set up a lineout 15 metres out.  Claxton’s throw was taken in by Hibbard as the forwards drove on. Garland fed McAllister, who fended off two tackles before popping the ball to Simpson.  The full back broke the line before passing to Howse, who drew two defenders before off-loading to winger Dave Cooke, who scored unopposed.

Dave Cooke scores try number 2

On the rare occasions that Warminster broke out of their own half their progress was halted by fine Minety tackling and rucking.

The home team were forced to make changes when front row Nick Britten suffered a nasty knee injury but they were soon back on top with the fast breaking Garland, Rule, Howse and Cooke pushing Warminster back deep into their own territory.

Garland extended the lead to 15 points in the 33rd minute.

The half ended with the Minety forwards on the rampage.  Hibbard took up the ball in midfield, feeding Colin French who broke through, passing to Gareth Thomas who set up 2nd row Ben Collins whose try attempt was only thwarted by a last ditch tackle.

Garland started the 2nd half scoring, slotting home a penalty in the 46th minute before French had to leave the pitch with a shoulder injury.

Warminster enjoyed their best spell of possession and territory but were kept in check by Minety’s fine defensive tackling.

The match, and the winning bonus point, was wrapped up with two converted tries in the 68th and 73rd minutes.  Hard running Ben Sellick and Howse punched holes in the Warminster line and Garland fed Hibbard who touched down after beating 3 defenders.

Andrew Hibbard scores try number 3.

Garland scored the 4th after a tap penalty set Cooke away down the centre.  Side stepping two defenders, the winger popped the ball to the scrum half who scored with ease to secure the 32-0 win.

Garin Garland scores try number 4

Coach Andy Grayson could not hide his pleasure at the end of the match.  “I couldn’t have asked for more.  We’ve been working at keeping the ball alive in training and managing game situations and we executed brilliantly today.  Our off loads set up our backs, who looked dangerous all game, while our forward play and tackling was the best I’ve seen since I’ve been at the club.”

Lineup:  1.  Colin French; 2. Tom Claxton (c); 3. Nick Britten; 4. Ben Scott; 5. Ben Collins; 6. Kieran Tillotsen; 7. Tom Windle; 8. Andrew Hibbard; 9. Garin Garland; 10. Tom McAllister; 11. Matt Stone; 12. Chris Rule; 13. Jack Howse; 14. Dave Cooke; 15. Duncan Simpson; 16. Ben Sellick; 17. Gareth Thomas.

Next Saturday Minety travel to Royal Wootton Bassett for what is sure to be a keenly fought local derby.

Written by Graham Cooke

January 14th, 2018 at 11:56 am

Next Fixture

Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North action returns to Minety on Saturday 13th January when Minety 1st XV take on Warminster in the first match of the second half of the season.

5th placed Minety, with 33 points from their 11 matches, face up to 3rd placed Warminster (with 38 points from theri first 11 matches) at Minety Fields with a kick off of either 2pm or 2.15pm.

The top four teams in the league are all away from home, but Combe Down, Bradford and Avonvale are all expected to win against much lower placed teams.  This gives Minety a chance to make up significant ground on Warminster and stay in touch with the top of the table.

The last time the two teams met was in the league back on 16th September at Warminster when the home team dominated the first half but had to hold off a spirited comeback in teh second to win by 31 – 22.

Tom Claxton’s team will have to be on their best form if they are to beat classy opposition on what is likely to be a very muddy playing surface at Minety.

Full match report will be available on this site on Sunday and MTV will return with the match action next Wednesday.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 12th, 2018 at 11:03 am

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Minety RFC’s on line store

We have had a number of enquires about buying Minety related clothing and accessories and are delighted to be able to highlight our on-line store at Raging Bull Sportswear.  To access the on-line store either click on the picture below or use the “Club Shop” option on the right hand menu.

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January 8th, 2018 at 5:10 pm

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The Return of the Delhi Belly …

Check out our Social Page (click here) or throught the Right hand menu, for our latest events.

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January 7th, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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World Record Holders – it’s official

Take a bow:  Ben Collins; Matt Stone; Matt Chisholm; Matt Cross; Garin Garland; and Ben Langridge!  These 6 Minety players have written themselves into the Guinness Book of Records for taking part in the longest marathan game of rugby 7’s, playing alongside our good friends from the Horus 7 team (RAF) and Witney Rugby Club.

Over the weekend of the 29th July 2017, our magnificent 6, aided and abetted by a huge number of supporters from Minety RFC, joined forces with players from Witney Rugby club to form the Witney Barbarians 7 a side team.  They took on the RAF team, Horus 7, in a gruelling and hugely challenging marathon game of rugby 7’s lasting over 24 hours.

18 weeks have passed during which over 700 pieces of evidence have been passed to the Guiness Book of Records organisation.  These have been assessed and we heard earlier this week that the record attempt has been ratified and that the new record has been officially set and recognised.

Most of Minety’s supporters will know that Minety player, Rob Bugden, a member of the RAF team at Brise Norton, was badly injured in a parachute training accident in the US in Janury 2016.  Rob is an inspiration to us all and Minety forged links with Rob’s RAF team, named the Horus.  Minety RFC has supported Horus as they fund raised for Rob and the club was delighted when they approached the club with a view to challenging the record for a continuous game of rugby 7’s.

Ben Collins, a university friend of Rob’s and a stalwart member of the Minety club takes up the story.

“We’d wanted to support Rob as much as possible and had met up with all of his friends at Brise.  They had accepted our invitation to take part in the Minety 7’s tournament and the two sets of players hit it off straight away.  They contacted us early in 2017, asking if we could contribute some players for the record attempt.  Sadly, it was during the peak holiday period, over the WOMAD weekend as well, but 6 of us were available and joined forces with players from the Witney Rugby Club to form the ‘Witney Barbarians’ for the marathon against Horus.

“We knew that we had to play for at least 24 hours to be in with a chance of setting a record that the Guiness Book of Records would accept so initially we started with a view to playing for 30 hours non stop.  However, after 12 hours we all knew that 30 hours was way beyond us and so we settled to establishing a world record of just over 24 hours.

“Both teams had to have 12 players with 7 on the field at any one time.  After 1 hour’s play we were allowed a whole squad rest period of 5 minutes.  After that we swapped on and off the pitch trying to aim for 30 minute stints although all of us had to put in many shifts much longer than that.  I had one continuous session lasting over 3 and a half hours without a break.

“It was great when we had supporters to cheer us on, and lot came down from Minety and the area to give us support, but at 3.30am in the morning, with the rain hammering down and no one about, it was pretty depressing.  The main problem was the sheer mental and physical tiredness that we all felt.  You had to force yourself to keep alert and going.  Everytime we stopped for a rest we had to take our socks off and dry them and the rub talcum powder into our feet to try and keep them dry and avoid the inevitable blisters.  My toe nails have still not recovered.  It was unbelievably hard and we would have been devastated if we had not succeeded in breaking the record.  It’s certainly one of the most challenging and uncomfortable experiences of my life.”

In addition to setting a world record, the players also raised money for one of Rob’s associated charities: Cakes for Casualties.  This small organisation visits rehabilitation centres for the Army, Navy and RAF around the country, raising morale with their visits and bringing in cakes.  “They were very important for Rob as he came to terms with his injuries and we were delighted to help them out.”

Matt Chisholm & Ben Collins

Would Ben take part in a future attempt on the record.  “Absolutely not!”

Minety RFC would like to send their heartiest congratulations to everyone who helped make this all happen and especially to the Horus team who co-ordinated the whole venture.

Just brilliant!

Written by Graham Cooke

January 5th, 2018 at 6:00 am

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Major breaking news

Make sure to keep checking back to site as we hope to bring you “World Record Breaking” news at any time soon.

Exciting times for Horus 7 and Minety RFC.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 3rd, 2018 at 12:36 pm

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New Year’s Honours List

We’ve received wonderful news from our friends at Brize Norton and the Horus 7 rugby team there.  Phil Thom has written to tell us that the “Mobility Supply Flight Air Movements Team” has received a “Team Commendation” in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

Phil says: “Lads … Horus 7s on the New Years honours list. Great achievement and good work all those who helped out. You guys included massive part played by Minety RFC.”

Our links with Horus 7 and Brize emanate from Rob Bugden.

As soon as we have more news we’ll publish it here.  Well done to everyone who has worked so hard and, from a Minety perspective, all those Minety players who took part in the World Record attempt with Horus 7 and have worked hard to raise funds for such a brilliant cause.


Written by Graham Cooke

December 31st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Mike Scanlon

The Funeral for ex Minety player Mike Scanlon is on 10/01/18 12 0’clock at St Aldhems in the Cross Hayes in Malmesbury, all are welcome.



Written by Graham Cooke

December 30th, 2017 at 11:11 am

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Answers to the 2017 Christmas Quiz posted

The answers to the 2017 Minety RFC Christmas Quiz have been posted below the Quiz itself.  The Quiz, and its answers, can be accessed either via this link or through the menu option on the right hand side of the this screen.




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December 25th, 2017 at 10:59 am

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Merry Christmas!

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December 23rd, 2017 at 11:37 am

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