Minety 1st XV v Sherborne 1st XV

465 Sean Richards

Saturday 12 December 2009

Southern Counties South

Minety battle through

Minety 1st XV 17 pts – Sherborne 1st XV 13 pts

Keen to avoid the mistakes of last week, Minety started with a bang and then put in 80 minutes of hard graft to see off a determined challenge from talented visitors Sherborne.

Playing up the slope, the home side threw themselves into the opening encounters, forcing the visitors into infringements. Awarded a penalty 40 metres out, Minety opted to go for goal and Jack Ward did the honours to give his side a three point lead.

440 Gethin

Ward’s successful conversion made it 10-nil to Minety, but Sherborne, who always looked good with the ball in hand, were in no mood to take this lying down. A terrific break by their winger from 40 metres out sliced through the home defence and earned then a well deserved try. The conversion brought the score back to 10-7 and that’s how it stood at the break.

444 Max Sparrow's try

Three points down, Minety entered a critical phase. Sherborne had won two strikes against the head and seemed set to dominate but the home side rallied, led by the stalwart efforts of the pack. Aided by some astute kicking from their half-backs, they used driving mauls and short passing moves to carve out territorial advantage and tie in the opposing forwards.

A lineout on Sherborne’s 22 was just the platform Minety needed. Securing the ball and mauling it forward, they then released it to the backs. Down the line it went, finally reaching Ward, who crashed over for a try which he subsequently converted.

439 Jack Ward tries to charge down a kick

Minety coach Huw Jones was jubilant with the result, singling out both Jack Ward and skipper Tom Fitzcharles for particular praise. “Our first half performance was good, but the second half was even better. Finally we’re looking like an experienced Southern Counties side. It was a fantastic effort.”

This Saturday, Minety play hosts to Wimborne.

For Sherborne’s account of the game, have a look here: http://www.sherbornerugby.co.uk/?view=reports&Team=1&fFixID=1255