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Supermarine 2 v Minety 2

Saturday 11 December 2010

Dorset & Wilts Division 3 North

Team power

Supermarine 2nd XV 0 pts – Minety 2nd XV 29 pts

Minety seconds combined excellent running and support work with indomitable defence to enforce a 29-nil shut-down on Supermarine seconds.

Defying the numbing cold of a dank grey afternoon, Minety got off to an imposing start. When the ball was slipped to inside centre Milo Hartley, he nipped smartly past three tacklers to score the visitors’ opening try, which a successful conversion by flyhalf Andy Edwards promptly turned into a seven-pointer.

Skipper Steve Murray set up the next score with a nicely timed offload to flanker Lee Patterson, who crashed over for the try.

Supermarine came back strongly in the second quarter of the game, hogging possession and camping in Minety’s 22 but they could find no way through their opponents’ dogged defence.

An adroit interception and a booming kick ahead by Edwards got Minety going in the second half. They kept the ball alive until scrumhalf Scott Hicks could finish the business with a brisk dummy, side-step and dart over the line for a try from three metres out.

A swashbuckling gallop from outside centre Dale Langdown took play from Minety’s 10 metre line to Supermarine’s 22. His final pass looked to have gone awry, but flanker Pete Hazell was following up at pace and snapped up the ball, bursting through the broken defence for Minety’s try number four.

Arm-wrestling the ball out of an opponent’s grasp, Murray turned a Supermarine maul into a Minety attack. Number 8 Andrew Hibbard charged 50 metres up the left touchline but when he was finally brought down, Patterson was on hand to take up the ball and run in his second try of the game.

Edwards’ conversion brought the visitors’ tally to 29 points and although Supermarine put in a late spurt, they still could not get over the line for a consolation score.


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