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Results and table from D&W3N

Here are the results and the top half of the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North table after the matches played on 18th February.

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February 24th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Press Coverage in The Standard

It’s great when we get good press coverage and we certainly had great coverage in this week’s edition of the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Standard.

Many thanks to Danny Hall, the Sports Editor at The Standard for his support for Minety week in and week out, throughout the season.

We also get great reporting on The Standard’s web site as well.  Check out this link to see how they support our club.


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February 23rd, 2017 at 6:59 pm

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D&W1N results and table

Here are the results and the top half of the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North table after the matches played on 18th February.


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February 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV special

The failure of both cameras recently meant there was, sadly, no film of the recent win over Devizes.  In its stead MTV features “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from the match at Chippenham earlier in the month.  For copyright reasons, the original accompanying music has been replaced by some copyright free music.  At just under 4 minutes in length, this is a feature of each DVD but is not included in material uploaded for on-line viewing.

Click here to load MTV Player or use the option on the right hand menu.

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February 22nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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February 21st, 2017 at 12:05 pm

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Gallery of Photographs

A slideshow of all the photographs taken during last Saturday’s Division 1 North clash between Minety and Devizes II is available.  Click here to load the new Gallery page.



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February 20th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

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Minety cruise to 13 try victory

Minety continued their fine run of form on Saturday with a crushing 79-0 victory over lowly Devizes at Minety Fields. After excellent away wins over Frome and Chippenham, the village side knew that nothing less than a win and a “4 try” bonus point would satisfy against a Devizes team yet to win in the league this season.

In unseasonably warm conditions and choosing to play up the infamous Minety slope in the first half, the home side dominated play.  After some clever interchanges involving forwards and backs, it was centre Jack Ward who opened the scoring in the 9th minute, crashing over the line for the first try, which was converted by scrum half Garin Garland.

Minety should have extended their lead shortly after but a penalty kick drifted wide of the posts.

Devizes initiated their first meaningful attack in the 20th minute but the greatly improved Minety tackling repelled all danger and quickly turned defence into attack.

Captain Andrew Hibbard collected the ball in midfield and left a wake of Devizes defenders before off-loading to flanker Josh Bull who drew the covering defence before executing a perfectly timed pass to allow full back Duncan Simpson to score Minety’s 2nd try in the 26th minute.

The third try came when Garland broke a tackle and was halted on the Devizes line.  Bull, in close support, touched down and the successful conversion saw Minety 19-0 up.

The bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries in a games was secured in the 37th minute.  With the Minety lineout and scrum affording quality controlled possession, Garland sent the ball along the back line and Del Murray, playing his first game at centre this season, drove through the Devizes defence before passing to flanker Tom Windle, who scored beneath the posts.  Garland’s conversion took the half time score to 26-0.

With the benefit of the slope in the 2nd half, Minety pushed forward right from the kick off.  Garland scored the first of a second half hat trick of tries in the 46th minute after hooker Tom  Claxton and Hibbard had battered their way through the Devizes defence.

With Minety comprehensively on top, Garland and fly half Tom McAllister used every opportunity to fling the ball out wide.  When winger Dave Cooke was halted inches from the line the ball was successfully rucked back and Ward scored his 2nd try and Minety’s 6th.

The impressive Murray sliced through the tiring Devizes defence in the 53rd minute for the 7th try, converted by Garland.

The Minety pack combined for a push over try from 15 metres out in the 62nd minute, Hibbard touching down and Garland again converting to send the score to 52-0.

Garland’s 2nd try came in the 66th minute after a forward’s move which saw Hibbard break through and six minutes later winger John Blair touched down.

Two tries in the last minute, the first from Garland and the second from Hibbard, who ran half the length of the pitch to score under the posts, ended the match with Minety 79-0 winners.

Minety’s win keeps the village side in 6th place but now only 4 points behind 5th placed Pewsey Vale and only 6 behind 3rd placed Bradford on Avon.

In the weekend’s other fixture, Matt Stone’s 2nd XV recorded their first win since November with a morale boosting 19-10 victory over Melksham.

Photographs now available in the Minety Gallery.  Click here.

Written by Graham Cooke

February 19th, 2017 at 11:22 am

Match previews

Both Minety teams are at home this weekend, Saturday 18th February with Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV entertaining Devizes II whilst Matt Stone’s 2nd XV host Melksham III.

Buoyed by two successive away wins, both featuring excellent defensive qualities, the 1st XV will be looking to bridge the gap between their 6th place and Bradford on Avon, who sit 6 points and one place above them in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.  Minety are actually only 8 points behind 3rd placed Pewsey Vale, who they play on the last match day of the season.

Andrew Hibbard’s team will be looking for a bonus point win on Saturday when they face up to bottom club Devizes II.  Unfortunately for them, Devizes have lost all 15 of their matches this season and sit at the foot of the table with a -3 points tally, accounted for by their being penalised for not being able to fulfill fixtures, such as they conceded match against Bradford on Avon last weekend.  Prior to that they had lost 36-7 at Melksham and 5-80 at home to 2nd placed Warminster.

“We’ve upped our game since the loss against Bradford,” said Hibbard, “but long term injuries are mounting and it is increasingly difficult to put out a full team.  I’d like to put on record my thanks to Matt Stone and his 2nd XV squad for filling many of our gaps, often at the last moment, and for sacrificing some of their games to help us out.  Their commitment has been exemplary and shows the spirit that exists in the club.”

The 2nd XV face Melksham III at Minety Fields on Saturday.  Sitting in 8th place, the 2nds have not won a match since 26th November when they traveled to Melksham and recorded a 50-10 bonus point winning victory.  With a squad ravaged by injuries and last minute call ups to the first XV, Matt Stone and his team have found life difficult but will view this as a fixture that they can win.

Melksham III are in 11th place with just two wins to their credit this season.  They recorded a morale boosting win at Swindon in early January but since then have conceded one match and lost the other two.

Reports on both matches will appear on this site on Sunday.

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February 17th, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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Chippenham match on MTV

Click on the picture below or use the Minety Player link on the right hand side to access MTV.

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February 14th, 2017 at 10:00 pm

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February 14th, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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Results from D&W1N






Minety’s win over Chippenham and Wootton Bassett’s loss to Pewsey Vale results in the two teams swapping places in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 13th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Grit and determination see Minety to victory

If last week’s win at Frome was all about “pride and passion”, Saturday’s 15-12 away win at Chippenham could best be summed up as “Grit and Determination”.

In freezing conditions and with a biting wind wafting flurries of snow across the pitch, Minety emerged victorious in their Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North clash with Chippenham by 15-12 with first half tries from flanker Josh Bull and scrum half Jack Ward.

Minety kicked off in the first half with a team welcoming back hooker Tom Claxton, scrum half Ward and full back Ben Langridge from injuries.

Assistant Coach Craig Smith must have been delighted with the outcome of the early exchanges; the Minety defensive line looked to be well organised and dealt with all that Chippenham could throw at them while the forwards made good use of the ball to set up back plays.

Josh Bull celebrates 1st try

The visitors took the lead in the 5th minute. A strong attack down the right wing set up two rucks and Ward, spotting Bull unmarked, fed the flanker who crossed for a try unopposed.

Fly half Tom McAllister’s conversion drifted agonisingly wide in the swirling conditions leaving Minety 5-0 to the good.

Chippenham hit back but excellent defensive work from the village side kept them at bay until the 14th minute when a fine move across the pitch caught the defence outnumbered and Chippenham’s centre broke through to score.  The ensuing long range conversion was successful and Chippenham moved into a 2 point lead.

With the biting cold and gusting wind making handling almost impossible, both teams resorted to kicking, with McAllister and Ward pushing Chippenham back towards their line.

Jack Ward scores 2nd try

Minety struck for the second time in the 23rd minute when captain Andrew Hibbard picked up at the base of a scrum and passed to Ward who burst through the Chippenham defence to score near the posts.

McAllister’s conversion was successful and Minety were 12-7 up.

The villagers were denied a third try minutes later, the touch judge noticing that Langridge’s boot had just grazed the side line as he burst through to score.

Minety enjoyed a period of sustained pressure in the Chippenham half with brothers Tom and Ash Windle proving difficult to handle for the Chippenham defence.  When the home side were penalised in a ruck, McAllister slotted home a penalty to extend the lead to 15-7.

Chippenham ended the half strongly and only some fine tackling from centre Duncan Simpson and second row Ben Scott kept them at bay and stopped them from scoring.

Del Murray replaced Jack Ward at half time, the latter having picked up an injury late in the first half.  Murray slotted in at scrum half with ease, pushing his forwards and spreading the ball out to the backs accurately in spite of the howling gale in his face.

Tom Windle was held up on the Chippenham line as Minety dominated the early exchanges of the half.

Chippenham were reduced to 14 men in the 59th minute, a forward being sin binned for a high tackle on McAllister, but the number imbalance seemed only to spur them on.

Using the wind at their backs to good effect, Chippenham launched the ball up field and, after setting up a series of rucks, the visitors’ defence was breached and Chippenham scored their second try.

The last 20 minutes were largely played out in Minety’s half as Chippenham pressed for a game winning score but the villagers tackled brilliantly and defended their line to the final whistle.

Captain Andrew Hibbard was jubilant at the end.  “Perhaps the hammering that we took at home a few weeks ago at the hands of Bradford on Avon did us good.  Since then we’ve put in two brilliant performances away from home, with a team made up of a mixture of 1st and 2nd XV players.  They all gave everything out there in very difficult conditions and I’m proud of them.”

The win lifts Minety above Royal Wootton Bassett into 6th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North.

The team were pleased to see injured flanker Rob Hinwood after the game.  Rob took a fearful blow in the win over Frome last week and suffered a double fracture of the jaw.  Last week Rob spent 10 hours in A&E, visited two different hospitals, had four x-rays, one operation and now has 4 titanium plates to hold his jaw together. Rugby players are tough!

In the weekend’s other match, a much changed Minety 2nd XV went down 38-0 at Trowbridge.  Injured captain Matt Stone said afterwards, “I’ve got to congratulate all of the squad who played today for playing today in cold conditions and sticking it right at Trowbridge all the way to the final whistle!

“They all played well and there was some good rugby played which we can all be proud of. Unfortunately we couldn’t convert the pressure in to any points, despite getting over the try line 4 times and having a lot of possession. But when you play out of position and we’re down on people and they only scored out wide it shows the team all did well.

“Great effort lads and thanks for the commitment

“Man of the Match:  Goes to Simon McCelland for putting loads of pressure on Trowbridge and getting us 4 turnovers. And to top it up it was his first ever game of seniors rugby. Great talent emerging from within Minety RFC.”

Final score Trowbridge 38 – 0 Minety


Written by Graham Cooke

February 12th, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Match previews

Both Minety teams are on the road this weekend with Andrew Hibbard’s 1st XV travelling to Chippenham whilst Matt Stone’s 2nd XV make the trek to Trowbridge, both matches kicking off at 2.30pm.

In Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North, Chippenham II’s lie in 9th place having won 5, drawn 1 and lost 8 of their 14 league matches this season.  With 26 points, they find themselves 11 points behind 7th placed Minety.

Chippenham’s last match, a fortnight ago, saw them beaten 48-10 at Frome, from where Minety emerged with such a fine victory last week.  Previous to that Chippenham had lost to 3rd placed Pewsey Vale at home.

The teams last met on the 22nd October with Minety emerging victors by 27-10.

Buoyed by last week’s excellent performance at fast improving Frome, Minety sit in 7th place in the league with 37 points, 3 behind Royal Wootton Bassett and just 7 behind 3rd placed Pewsey Vale.  With Bassett and Pewsey lining up against each other this Saturday, Minety will hope for a bonus point victory at Chippenham to close the gap on those above them.

At the top of the table, unbeaten Corsham host Frome, 11 points above Warminster and an unsurmountable 30 clear of Minety.

The 2nd XV travel to Trowbridge III’s, who are in 6th place in the Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North, 7 points ahead of 8th placed Minety.

The teams last met on the 22nd October when Minety emerged 46-14 victors.  Trowbridge have lost their last two matches but have also enjoyed convincing wins over Melksham, Alfred’s Nomads, Devizes and Swindon since the last meeting.

Matt Stone’s team will hope for better luck after a desperate fortnight for the team.  Two weeks ago they were forced to field a weakened team against Swindon College Old Boys and then had to sacrifice players mid match to help the 1st XV, similarly afflicted with a shortage of players, as they went down to Bradford on Avon.  Last weekend the 2nd’s fixture at Bradford on Avon was called off when Minety was unable to fulfill the fixture after player unavailability and call ups to the 1st XV decimated the squad.

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February 10th, 2017 at 9:00 am

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February 9th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Rob Hinwood

Our thoughts and best wishes to Rob Hinwood, who broke his jaw badly in two places on Saturday in the match against Frome and who, as this is being written, is on his way back to Oxford Hospital to see if his jaw can be operated upon today.

A product of the hugely successful Minety Academy side that won the Dorset and Wiltshire Bowl in 2010, Rob was making his 1st XV debut this year and had put in some tremendous tackling before being injured in the 34th minute.

A painful injury for anyone, but especially so for a young professional actor just out of college, the injury could not have come at a worse time; Rob actually performed on stage with his theatre company in London on Monday night.

We wish him well!

Written by Graham Cooke

February 8th, 2017 at 9:31 am

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MTV – Frome match now available on line

Click the picture below or use the right hand menu to load Minety Player to view action from Saturday’s 1st XV encounter at Frome.

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February 8th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Results from D&W1N last weekend

Saturday 4th February was originally a blank weekend in the fixture list, designed to be used to allow teams to catch up on re-arranged games.  As such, only those teams who had matches postponed in January due to frozen pitches played.

This coming weekend both Minety teams will be playing away from home, the 1st XV travelling to Chippenham, whilst the 2nd XV visit Trowbridge.  Pre match analysis will available on this site on Friday.

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February 7th, 2017 at 10:23 am

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Joost van der Westhuizen

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February 6th, 2017 at 4:27 pm

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Pride and Passion secure Minety victory

Minety 1st XV travelled to in form Frome on Saturday in a hastily re-arranged Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North fixture, the original having been lost to a frozen pitch.

Smarting from their first half blitzing by Bradford last week, the team, made up of a combination of 1st and 2nd XV players, knew they would face a stiff challenge against a Frome team which had lost its first 8 matches of the season, including a 67-0 drubbing at Minety, but had since won 4 of their last 5 fixtures including impressive victories over Bradford and Chippenham.

Rob Hinwood injured making another tackle

Most of the early exchanges took place in the Minety half but a combination of tenacious tackling and intelligent clearance kicking from fly half Tom McAllister, saw Minety fend off everything that Frome could throw at them.

With flanker Josh Bull winning most of the lineout ball and scrum half Duncan Simpson orchestrating the defence, Minety pressed forward using centre Tom Windle to batter the heart of the Frome midfield.

Minety took the lead in the 10th minute from the boot of McAllister after Frome were penalised at a ruck.

The village team were desperately unlucky shortly after when winger Dave Cooke chipped ahead and Bull raced on to the ball and was clear of the defence, only for the referee to call play back and award Minety a penalty for a late tackle on the winger.

Another powerful run from Windle set up a ruck on the Frome line and McAllister extended the lead when the home defence was caught offside.

Frome pinned Minety back deep in their own half for much of the rest of the first half but, whereas in the past, tackling had been a weakness, this Minety side put in tackle after tackle to keep Frome at bay.

Minety lost the fearless Rob Hinwood to a head injury in the 34th minute, the flanker making a welcome return to the Minety line up after his university studies.

John Blair picks up and runs at the defence

The defence, expertly led by captain Andrew Hibbard, re-aligned and extended their lead in the 38th minute when centre John Blair picked up a pass on his own 22 metre line and ran the length of the pitch, shrugging off 4 tacklers to score under the posts.

McAllister added the conversion and Minety were 13-0 up.

More was the come in the final moments of the half.  Simpson fed Hibbard and the captain broke through the covering defence and raced down the line to score in the corner to see Minety 18-0 to the good at half time.

John scores under the posts.

Despite dominating possession for large parts of the 2nd half, Frome were unable to break the determined Minety defence.

The home team eventually got themselves on the score sheet with a 62nd minute try as Minety began to tire.  The successful conversion left the visitors 18-7 ahead.

But this Minety side were not about to cave in under the Frome pressure.  Against all the odds they pressed forward and, after pushing Frome back on to their line, McAllister spotted an overlap on the left and threw a 20 metre pass to set up replacement winger Kieran Gash for Minety’s 3rd try in the 72nd minute.

Wallace on the charge

Frome’s 2nd try in the final play of the game was something of a consolation for all of their efforts in an absorbing encounter which saw Minety emerge victors by 26-14.

Wallace scores Minety’s 2nd try

Assistant coach Craig Smith said afterwards, “That was a polar opposite to last week.  The tackling was awesome and everyone should be proud of themselves.  The lads who came up from the 2nd XV, over half of the team, acquitted themselves brilliantly and showed tremendous commitment.  There was real pride and passion across the pitch.”

Captain Andrew Hibbard was unable to pick out one individual for the Man of the Match award.  He commented, “We had 16 men of the match out there today.  A tremendous team effort.”


Kieran Gash scores Minety’s 3rd try.

nb. The referee’s score sheet shows the result as 26-14 however, scrutiny of the video of the match reveals the true score to be 23-14.

Minety Team: 1.  Will North, 2. Owen Richardson, 3. Gareth Thomas, 4. Ash Windle, 5. Ben Scott, 6. Rob Hinwood, 7. Josh Bull, 8. Andrew Hibbard (c), 9. Duncan Simpson, 10. Tom McAllister, 11. David Cooke, 12. John Blair, 13. Tom Windle, 14. Del Murray, 15. Chris Rule, 16. Kieran Gash

Written by Graham Cooke

February 5th, 2017 at 11:01 am

Results and tables

Results and tables for both Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North (1st XV) and Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North (2nd XV) for Saturday 24th January 2017.

This weekend the 1st XV will be travelling to Frome whilst the 2nd’s are at Bradford, both matches re-arranged after being postponed earlier in January.

The 1st XV will certainly be looking for a win and a bonus point but they are in no doubts about the challenge that they face from a revitalised Frome team who have turned their season around since November.  Unbeaten since then, the have steadily climbed away from the bottom reaches of the table and will be a stern challenge for Andrew Hibbard’s team.

The 2nd XV will hope for better than last weekend’s home defeat at the hands of table topping Swindon College Old Boys.  Bradford will certainly be tough opposition for Matt Stone’s side, the skipper hoping that he can put out as full a strength side as possible despite injuries, unavailabilities and having to prop up the ailing 1st XV.

Match reports to follow on Sunday morning.



Written by Graham Cooke

February 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Captain’s Corner – Bradford autopsy

Captain Andrew Hibbard

In the second edition of our new feature, we sat down with 1st XV captain Andrew Hibbard in the club house after the home loss to Bradford.

“We need to learn to tackle!  We started the first half quite confidently but just didn’t get in our tackles.  Too often the first tackle was missed and we just weren’t organised enough to halt the charge.  Even though we pressed hard we couldn’t break through their lines and perhaps we over committed against them and left ourselves vulnerable at the back.  What ever the case, they punished us with virtually every break and the harder that we tried to get back into the match, the more we fell behind.

“I felt that we turned it round in the second half when we were playing down the slope.  Statistically we won the second half by 25 – 5; it’s just a shame that we lost the first half 43-3!  I think that the lads put in a really great effort in the second half.  We were all a bit shell shocked at half time and it would have been quite easy to have simply caved in, but we didn’t and every player on that pitch put in a tremendous shift in the second half.  I’ve just been shown a statistic that shows that 68 points were scored by teams playing downhill in the match while only 8 were scored uphill!  It just shows how much effect the momentum that a team can get playing downhill makes.

“Once again, it was a patched up team with nearly all of the backs either 2nd XV players drafted in at the last moment or 1st teamers playing out of position.  I don’t think that we’ve put out our potentially strongest set of backs at all this season.  When we were like we were in the first half today, no one is confident about what is going on around them.  We wouldn’t have had any training in that kind of formation and that lack of confidence caught us out big time.

“Having said all that, everyone played well.  I can’t fault their commitment or efforts.  I’m particularly thankful to all of the 2nd XV players who turned up expecting to play for the 2nds but were then drafted into our team at the last minute and also to the lads who came across from the 2nd’s match when our injury toll rose and we were short of players.

“Picking up the 4 try Bonus point was a ‘bonus’ – we didn’t expect that at half time but it’s testimony to the lads that once we’d got that first try we pushed on so hard to get the three others.

“We’re off on our travels next week to play Frome.  They’ve had a really impressive run of form recently and we’re expecting a much harder match than when they came here earlier in the campaign.  I hope, and emphasise the word ‘hope’, that we can put out something close to our best team next week, pick up a win and add to our bonus point tally.”

Written by Graham Cooke

February 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Bradford match film on MTV

Last weekend’s high scoring encounter between Minety 1st XV and Bradford on Avon is now up on the site.  Click on the graphic below to go to MTV or use the Minety Player menu option on the right hand side of this screen.

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February 1st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Tour 2017

A message from our Social Secretaries, Ben Collins and Tom Claxton:

“Hi Guys

“Myself, Collins and Jack have taken over the planning of a 2017 tour.

“We are going to Whitby, Yorkshire on Easter bank holiday weekend – Friday 14th April to Sunday 16th April to play in Whitby RFC’s 10’s tournament. The Monday is a bank holiday too so you will all have a day to recover!

“The current, rudimentary plan is to leave early on the Friday and stop regularly for beverages on the way up. We will find some places to drink once we get there Friday evening. Saturday is the tournament, live music and a BBQ and we will make our way home on the Sunday.

“We have already organised a bus and this one will definitely be happening provided that enough of us want to go!

“The cost will be £150 each. A deposit of £100 is required by Tuesday 28th February and the remaining £50 by Friday 31st March. You can pay via cash or by transfer if you would prefer – contact me if you want the bank details. Please be a bit proactive with this and don’t make me chase you too much for payment as this is what causes events to be cancelled and stops people wanting to organise them!

“Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to come. I will be spamming you all with messages individually if I don’t hear from you.


“Potter, Collins and Jack.”

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January 31st, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Re-arranged fixtures for 4th February

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January 30th, 2017 at 10:35 am

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Bradford Blitz leaves Minety beaten

When the two sides met earlier in the season in a cup match, Bradford’s powerful side exploited Minety’s defensive frailties and ran out easy winners.  However, no one present at Minety on Saturday could have predicted the first half blitzing of the home defence that saw Bradford end the half 43-3 up.

Playing downhill in the first half on a well grassed pitch, Bradford opened their scoring in the first minute from a penalty in front of the posts.

The first try came in the 3rd minute when the visitor’s scrum half burst through the patched Minety defence, featuring a number of players pulled from the 2nd XV at very late notice and coach Richard Hall, making an emergency appearance.

Fly half John Blair scored Minety’s only points of the half with a penalty in the 8th minute as the home side fought back and pressurised the visitor’s line.

While Minety kept possession in the forwards they were able to match Bradford but all too often the resulting ball was slow and attacks were easily repelled by the visitors’ well organised defence.

Loss of possession close to the opposition line saw Minety heavily penalised as Bradford raced the length of the pitch to score their second try in the 15th minute.

Minety lost Hall to a leg injury and, for a short time, had to manage with 14 players.

Yet another “length of the pitch” break led to Bradford’s 3rd try after a period of Minety pressure and their 4th, and bonus point winning try, came almost from the kick off, yet another break out from deep in their own half, despite the valiant efforts of young Chris Rule, making his debut at full back.

Too often, Minety’s attacks stalled in midfield and wingers Dave Cooke and James Stuart saw hardly any ball.

Minety’s already dire situation became worse in the 27th minute when influential 2nd row forward Ben Collins suffered what looked to be a nasty knee injury and was carried from the pitch.

2nd XV’s Ben Scott was drafted in from their match on an adjoining pitch to shore up the home pack as Minety pushed hard for an opening try.

Two Bradford tries just before the break saw the teams turn round with the visitors 43-3 up.

Quite what coach Hall said to his players at half time isn’t clear but they came out for the second half in a very positive frame of mind.

Once again injuries took their toll and the villagers resorted to introducing 57 year old Club President Andy Ward to the fray in the 43rd minute.  Just one minute later flanker turned centre Tom Windle burst through to score from 30 metres.  Blair’s conversion reduced the deficit to 43-10.

Fearless defensive work from full back Rule prevented Bradford from scoring before Minety scored their second try in the 57th minute when hooker Owen Richardson forced his way over after both Ash Windle and Andrew Hibbard had been held up near the line.

Ward’s 20 minute cameo came to an end when he was replaced by a heavily patched up Hall for the final 15 minutes as Minety chased an improbable bonus point.

A beautifully caught line out ball by the consistently impressive Josh Bull, another product of the Minety Academy initiative, set up a series of attacks on the Bradford line and it was no surprise when Richardson scrambled in his second and Minety’s third try of the match.  Blair’s conversion narrowly missed but the 20-43 score line now gave Minety added heart and some reward for their efforts.

Bradford extended their lead with the only try to be scored playing uphill in the game but Minety bravely struck back in the dying moments, Windle breaking out of midfield before off-loading to Bull, who ran in the score in the corner to end the match 25-48 but also secure what could, at the end of the season, be an invaluable 4 try scoring bonus point for the home side.

Despite the loss, coach Hall was upbeat as he spoke to the players after the match.  To their credit, they never allowed their heads to drop and always tried to be positive.  Everyone was congratulated on their efforts and special mention was made to the 2nd XV players who filled in some valiantly and to man of the match Josh Bull and debutant Chris Rule.

Much is made of the slope on two of the Minety pitches and how much of an advantage it is to play downhill.  This was borne out on Saturday when, extraordinarily, 68 points were registered by teams playing downhill whilst only 8 were scored uphill!

In the weekend’s other match, an already patched up Minety 2nd XV, desperately short of players and forced to borrow some from visitors Swindon College Old Boys, were further restricted when players had to transfer mid game to patch up the 1st XV.  Despite all of their efforts the 2nd XV went down to the league leaders, and hitherto unbeaten, Swindon College Old Boys by 70-0.


Written by Graham Cooke

January 29th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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January 27th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Fixture re-arrangements

Date for the diary!  The cancelled games from last weekend (1st XV at Frome and 2nd XV at Bradford on Avon) have been rescheduled for February 4th.  Further details when I get them – watch this space.



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January 26th, 2017 at 10:29 pm

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Jacamo Player of the Month for December

After a close review of matches and training over the course of December, coach Richard Hall and captain Andrew Hibbard have named young fly half Tom McAllister as their “Jacamo” sponsored  Player of the Month.

Tom follows Tom Claxton (September), Steve Brown (October) and Ben Collins (November) as a recipient of the £50 worth of Jacamo clothing from their website.

The award is made for the player who, in the estimation of the management of the 1st XV, has made the most notable contribution in both matches and training during that month.  In making the award to Tom, Andrew Hibbard said, “Tom’s really stepped up to the mark this year and has made the position of fly half his own.  He’s still a very young player but we have been able to see how quickly his reading of the game has progressed in such a relatively short time.  He is a regular at training and we’re delighted to make the award to him.  In the end it was a choice between Tom and winger David Cooke but we felt that Tom just shaded it. ”

Tom was more than pleased when the award was announced last week.  “It’s great to be recognised in this way and I’ll be looking through the Jacamo website in the next few days to see what is on offer.”

Club coach Richard Hall was full of praise for the 4 month sponsorship from Jacamo, which ended at the end of December.  “It’s great that the lads have had this as a motivator, not only to put that little bit extra in during matches but also to commit to all of the training sessions.  I hope that we can negotiate a similar deal next year with Jacamo and would like to think that we can maintain the “Player of the Month” awards with another sponsor for the rest of this season.  If anyone has any contacts, please let us know.”

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January 26th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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MTV Special

With last week’s match against Frome cancelled due to frost in the Frome pitch, we’re delighted to bring you the match between Devizes and Minety from January 2016.  For those that played it will be remembered as “Claxton’s finest”, the match where the “magical” Claxton pass opened up the home defence late on in the game as Minety ran in their highest score of the 2015/6 campaign.

Click here for the recording of the match.

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January 24th, 2017 at 10:25 pm

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Frome match cancelled (and so is the “Fun Bus!”)

*** Latest News : both matches cancelled due to frosted pitches ***

… but the Fun Bus is back on again although where they are off to and what they will all be doing is beyond me!


Ladies and gents due to the weather the 1st game at Frome has been cancelled and thus so has the bus.

We are currently waiting to hear on the 2nds game where a decision will be made at 11am.

Collins and Potter

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January 21st, 2017 at 10:56 am

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Next Fixtures

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January 19th, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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MTV – Warminster match

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January 18th, 2017 at 10:48 am

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Day of Fun reminder

The bus is booked and the route finalised for next weekend’s games v Bradford on Avon and Frome:

-Leaving the club no later than 11:15am

-Stopping at Malmesbury police station bus stop at 11:30ish

-Stopping at Morrisons Chippenham bus stop 12:00ish

The 1st team will return to Bradford on Avon after their game to join the 2nds for a few jars before moseying on back towards home. The bus has to be back at Mintey no later than 22:00hrs so I’m sure we can visit a few watering holes on the way home.

Seats will be reserved for players until Wednesday when they will be opened up to the travelling drunkerds/anyone who fancies a day out!

Can you please let us know on here or let your captains know if you would like to board the fun bus.

Many thanks,

Collins & Potter.

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January 17th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Captain’s corner

Captain Andrew Hibbard

Each week, in a new feature for 2017, we’ll bring you the thoughts of 1st team skipper Andrew “Wallace” Hibbard.  We caught up with Wallace just after the 28-27 win over Warminster.

“That was a superb way to start the new year.  It was a really tough match against quality opposition.  They sit second in the league and up until today had only been beaten by Corsham, who are still unbeaten, and Bassett, so a victory against them is a real feather in our caps.  We stuck at it and soaked up the pressure and defended well and then moved the ball about using both forwards and backs.

“It was tough in the first half.  We couldn’t play on the 1st team pitch because it was waterlogged so had to move to one of the reserve pitches with the slope.  Playing uphill and with a stiff breeze in our faces tested all of us but everyone stepped up that little bit extra and put in a great shift.  The two tries that we scored in the first half kept us in the game and then Ash’s superb try right at the start of the second half put us in the lead.

“It was clear to all that the referee was watching out for high tackles after the rule change at the start of the year.  To be fair, I think he got it right.  Both teams had a player sin binned for a high tackle and we’ll have to look at tackling techniques in training in the coming weeks.

“We’ve got a road trip to Frome next week, dropping the 2nd XV and their supporters at Westbury on the way.  We’re hoping to pack out the coach with as many players and supporters as possible.  Details about the trip can be found elsewhere on this website.  We’re certainly looking to go to Frome to collect all of the points available on offer.  If we’re to move up the table we’ve got to grab as many winning bonus points as possible (you get a bonus point for scoring 4 tries).

“It looks as if we’ll still be in 7th place in the league after today’s result but we’ve closed the gap on the teams above and have set our sights on a top three position at the end of the season, assuming that we can keep everyone fit, healthy and available.”

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January 17th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North

D&W3N results and table from matches played on 14th January :

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January 16th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North

Results and table from D&W1N matches played on Saturday 14th January:

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January 16th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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MRFC Day of Fun

Ladies and Gents…….

The bus is booked and the route finalised for next weekend’s games v Bradford on Avon and Frome:

-Leaving the club no later than 11:15

-Stopping at Malmesbury police station bus stop at 11:30ish

-Stopping at Morrisons Chippenham bus stop 12:00ish

The 1st team will return to Bradford on Avon after their game to join the 2nds for a few jars before moseying on back towards home. The bus has to be back at Mintey no later than 22:00hrs so I’m sure we can visit a few watering holes on the way home.

Seats will be reserved for players until Wednesday when they will be opened up to the travelling drunkerds/anyone who fancies a day out!

If you wish to join us can you please email Ben Collins or Tom Claxton to let us know on here or, if you are players, let your captains know if you would like to board the fun bus.

Many thanks,

Collins & Potter.

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January 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am

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Minety edge home in 7 try thriller

Minety bravely held on to defeat 2nd placed Warminster in a 7 try thriller at Minety Fields on Saturday in Dorset and Wilts Division 1 North, emerging 28-27 victors in a pulsating encounter.

When the two sides met in September it was Warminster who came out on top in a tight match and the two sides, evenly matched and  with complimentary playing styles, continued where they left off.

Much of the pre match speculation revolved around how the referee and players would respond to the new laws introduced by World Rugby on 3rd January regarding high tackles and contact with the head.  In the event two players, one from each team, spent 10 minutes on the side-lines for high tackles but that apart, the game was a fine advertisement for local rugby.

For the first time in many weeks, Minety coach Richard Hall was able to put out something akin to his strongest team with a powerful set of forwards and influential Dave Church and Jack Ward renewing their partnership in the centres.

Playing down the slope in the first half, Warminster used a kicking game early on to push Minety back into their own 22 metre area.

Warminster’s Fijian centres were a real handful in the previous match and their ability to switch play and exploit the merest of defensive gaps caught Minety in the 9th minute allowing their fly half to chip over the advancing defence and score beneath the posts.

Both teams enjoyed the excellent playing surface, played on one of Minety’s reserve pitches after the main pitch was declared too wet for rugby, and the ball was run at every opportunity.

Ben Langridge scores 1st try

Minety were reduced to 14 men when lock forward Ash Windle was yellow carded for a late tackle in the 21st minute but hit back when Minety captain Andrew Hibbard exploited some loose ball, kicked ahead and fly half Tom McAllister fed winger Ben Langridge who ran in to score from 30 metres out.  Scrum half Garin Garland pushed the conversion wide, but Minety were back in the game.

Warminster were reduced to 14 men after a head high tackle on McAllister and Garland slotted home the subsequent penalty to give Minety a slender 8-7 lead.

Warminster struck back in the 34th minute when their winger collected a pass 20 metres out , avoided three tackles and ran in to score from 80 metres.

Garin (hidden) scores 2nd try

Minety’s response was to lay siege to the Warminster line and Garland, one of the smallest players on the pitch, somehow managed to smuggle the ball over for Minety’s 2nd try, which he converted.

In the closing minute of the half Warminster re-took the lead with a penalty.

Minety struck back in dramatic fashion at the start of the second half.  Garland collected a clearance kick and ran back at the heart of the Warminster defence before off-loading to Ash Windle who shrugged off 5 tackles on his way to score under the posts.  Garland’s conversion took the score to 22-17 for the hosts.

Only some desperate last ditch tackling from Church and wingers Langridge and Dave Cooke prevented Warminster from scoring as the game entered its final quarter.

Ash powers through for try No. 3

The home team’s desire to run the ball from their own line in the 61st minute cost them dear.  An intercepted pass and then a ruck saw Warminster’s fly half touch down wide out on the right.  The conversion was missed but the scores were now locked at 22 all.

Minety’s woes were compounded at the re-start when Langridge was yellow carded for a high tackle but they re-grouped and changed tactics.  Playing downhill and one man down, Minety resorted to tactical kicking to keep Warminster pinned in their own half.

Garland restored Minety’s lead in the 76th minute with a penalty.

The final minutes were pulsating – both teams abandoning defence for all out attack, flinging the ball from side to side, much to the crowd’s delight and the obvious frustration of both sets of coaches.  Garland extended the lead to 6 points with another penalty as the game entered stoppage time.

But there was to be a sting in the tail; in the final play of the match, Warminster won a scrummage against the head, spread the ball out wide and scored a try in the corner.

The match was decided on a long range conversion which fell agonisingly short for Warminster and Minety emerged victors by 28-27.

Congratulations to players, officials and coaches alike – it was great entertainment.

Minety joint Men of the Match: Ash and Tom Windle.

Joint man of the match – Ash Windle

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January 15th, 2017 at 10:49 am

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January 7th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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Reckless and accidental tackles

Players making contact with an opponent’s head in “reckless tackles” will receive a yellow card at least in changes to rules over high tackles.

Players will be punished even if the tackle starts below the shoulders.

If head contact is accidental – for example, if a ball-carrier slips into a tackle – a penalty will be awarded.

World Rugby says the new rules, which come into effect on 3 January, “aim to change culture in the sport to ensure that the head is a no-go area”.

Reckless Tackle

A player is deemed to have made reckless contact during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game if in making contact, the player knew or should have known that there was a risk of making contact with the head of an opponent, but did so anyway. This sanction applies even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. This type of contact also applies to grabbing and rolling/ twisting around the head/ neck area even if the contact starts below the line of the shoulders.

Minimum sanction: Yellow card

Maximum sanction: Red card

Accidental Tackle

When making contact with another player during a tackle or attempted tackle or during other phases of the game, if a player makes accidental contact with an opponent’s head, either directly or where the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders, the player MAY be sanctioned. This includes situations where the ball carrier slips into the tackle.

Minimum sanction: Penalty

For further detail and examples please refer to : http://laws.worldrugby.org/?domain=9&language=EN

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January 2nd, 2017 at 12:07 pm

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