Minety II’s in performance of the season

Minety II’s in thumping form

Minety II’s registered their biggest victory of the season with a thumping 85 – 0 win over Westbury II’s at Minety Fields on Saturday.  With the 1st XV preparing for next week’s Dorset & Wilts Vase Final, the spotlight fell on the 2nds who responded with by far their best performance this season.

Playing uphill, and into a stiff breeze in the first half, the home team took just four minutes to register their first try when centre Dan Wilson scored after a flowing backs’ move. With fly half Tim Vaughn converting, Mintey were 7-0 up. Scrum half Will Mason then scored the first of a hat trick of tries in the 15th minute and when flanker James Stuart crossed for a brilliant individual try in the 28th minute the match was effectively over.

Centre Rob Budgen and Mason added further tries before half time to bring the score to 31.

In the second half Minety used the wind to push Westbury deep back into their half and piled on the pressure. Keiran Gash ran in try number six before replacement Ben Langridge grabbed two tries, converted both times by Mason.

Further tries by Mason and Wilson pushed the score beyond 70 when young Number 8 Gareth Pierce added a try of his own.  The final move of the match saw an excellent interchange between the backs which allowed Budgen to cross the line, but he chose to pass to veteran Club Coach, Andy Ward, making his first appearance on the pitch this season, to touch down to end an entertaining and enterprising performance from the whole 2nds squad.

Man of the Match: Will Mason (hat trick of tries and 9 conversions)

Date: Saturday 21st November 2015.  Kick off 2.30pm

Venue: MInety Rugby Club.

Weather conditions: Sunny but very cold.  Fierce winds

Competition: Dorset and Wilts Division 3 North

James Stuart starts the solo run that led to his try.

James Stuart starts the solo run that led to his try.


Dale breaks through on another attacking run

Dale breaks through on another attacking run


Ben is helped over the line for Minety's 8th try

Ben is helped over the line for Minety’s 8th try


Will scores his hat trick try, and Minety's 10th

Will scores his hat trick try, and Minety’s 10th


Wardy crashes over for the 13th try of the game

Wardy crashes over for the 13th try of the game


... and celebrates well!

… and celebrates well!