Saturday 5 March 2011
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Chippenham 2nd XV 44 pts – Minety 1st XV 5 pts
Chippenham’s slick-handed and fleet-footed threequarters proved too quick for Minety, who showed great spirit in hanging in there to make a game of it.
An early dash across the try line by the Chippenham scrumhalf ended in farce when he failed to ground the ball before stepping into the dead ball area but ominously demonstrated the sheer pace available to the home side.
After that, speed, quick hands and good angles of running ensured that Chippenham scored at regular intervals throughout the game. Outside centre Peter Rawson was particularly dangerous, scoring all three tries in the first half, two of which were converted by Nathan Dunford, who also kicked a penalty goal to make it 22-nil to Chippenham at the interval.
Ashton, Neil Jenkins, hooker Liam Snape and Dave Yates all scored tries for Chippenham in the second half, while in very windy conditions Dunford slotted one conversion out of four.
For all that they were consistently outpaced, Minety played pretty well. When they could catch their man, they tackled effectively and the pack consistently outscrummaged their opponents, occasionally winning ball against the head. Even when hooker Wes Clamp fell foul of the referee’s “the next person to offend gets a yellow card” ultimatum and was sin binned for 10 minutes, the seven-man Minety pack still pushed their eight opponents back at every scrum.
Minety’s try came mid-way through the second half when Dave Church, on as a replacement at inside centre, made a forceful break and nearly made it to the try line. Number 8 David Hazell then took the ball on and finished off the job with characteristic determination.
This Saturday, Minety play another tough fixture, this time at home against Calne.