Under torrential rain, both Minety teams recorded maiden league victories with the 1st XV overwhelming Frome II’s by 67-0 whilst the 2nd XV defeated top of the table Bradford on Avon II’s in a much closer match by 19-12.
The matches were played in driving rain which made handling the ball extremely difficult.
The 1st XV attacked the Frome line from the opening whistle. With the forwards, who have not enjoyed much quality ball thus far this season, on top of their game, the first try came after just 3 minutes when stand in scrum half Jack Ward picked up at a ruck and crashed over from short range. Fly half Tom McAllister’s conversion was successful and the home side led 7-0.
Minety’s second try came in the 8th minute when Ward collected a clearance kick on the half way line and fed centre Dave Church, who ran 40 metres to touch down in the corner. McAllister’s magnificent long range conversion from the touch line took the score to 14-0.
After a brief period of territorial advantage for the visitors, Minety extended their lead to 19 when Ward crossed for a second try after 15 minutes.
The pack, now completely on top, provided quality ball for the pacey Minety backs and they used the opportunities to run the ball at every opportunity.
Centre Matt Roberts scored the 4th try after a fine move involving both forwards and backs which pulled the Frome defence from one side of the pitch to the other. Robert s scored again in the 31st minute, latching on to a Ward pass and running in a try from 30 metres.
On the cusp of half time Minety scored their 6th try when, from deep in his own half, Roberts collected the ball, beat 4 defenders before slipping the ball to prop Will North who fed captain Andrew Hibbard who ran in the try from 25 metres out. Another fine McAllister long range conversion saw the teams turn round with the home side 36-0 up.
Ward scored his hat trick try from close in on 48 minutes and McAllister’s conversion took the lead to 43 points.