On the rise and with a strong team the Dreamers turned up to Supermarine determined to leave with a good win in their Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North encounter last Saturday.
The first 10 minutes opened up well with some good pressure on the opposition and expansive play, but playing in to a stiff breeze Minety struggled to get out of their half, and as a result conceded two early tries to the home side, the first scored around the outside and the second through a missed tackle in the middle of field which allowed a run in. Both tries were converted giving Supermarine a 14 – 0 lead.
Minety now had a hill to climb. Captain Matt Stone and his team had to re-align their defence, be quicker off the line and get lower in tackles. These changes turned the match around and the Dreamers found themselves more and more in the home side’s half. Penalties began to build in favour for Minety.
Minety opened their account with a run in try from their 22 to brinjg the score back to 14-5.
The half ended with a series of attacking exchanges of play from both teams.
Early in the second half the teams were forced to change pitches after a Supermarine player suffered a head/neck injury (see below for more details).
Minety now had the wind in their favour and sought to capitalise on this. Despite only having a even share of the possession and most being in their half, Minety upped their defensive efforts and repeatedly forced turn overs and then played some amazing rugby and ran in 3 tries in the muddy and wet conditions.
Final score Supermarine 14 Minety 2nd XV 22
Matt Stone said afterwards, “Thanks to everyone on and off the pitch who made themselves available for what was a great game of rugby!”
Dave Peirce received this message from Supermarine after the match.
“Hi mate, just wanted to send my thanks to the lady who does the first aid for the 2’s. One of our lads has hurt his neck, still not heard how bad, and she took the lead in making him safe, secure and warm. She also completed the accident book.
On behalf of Supermarine I would just like to pass on our appreciation, thanks and gratitude for her help it showed the true supportive nature of local rugby, I’ll also let you know how Lee is if you could pass that on?”
Well done to Tracy and Rachel Glew. You are stars! We have heard that the lad has made a full recovery.