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.”