Pace tells in the end
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 North
Minety 1st XV 13pts – Chippenham 2nd XV 30pts
A good performance from Minety saw them get within two points of Chippenham mid-way through the second half. But the league leaders showed why they’re top of the table as they pulled clear with three late tries.
Playing down the slope, the visitors dominated the early exchanges. After 20 minutes they were already 15 points clear thanks to a try, a penalty goal, and a converted try.
After that, Minety succeeded in turning off the tap with some fine tackling and a solid 15-man game of their own. Although quick up in defence, Chippenham’s discipline let them down at times, and Minety gradually began to make inroads. A penalty goal from Minety skipper Jack Ward made it 3-15 at the break.
When Chippenham attempted to kick out of defence, lock Matt Hooper ran the ball back at them, setting up a try for Ward to finish off from short range before adding the conversion.
The hosts made life difficult for themselves by attempting to run ball from their own 22 instead of hoofing it into touch. The key differences, though, were Chippenham’s speed, the quality of their support play, and a great individual performance by lock John Beacham, who landed three of his side’s five tries.