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Your News Broadplain 62 - Minchinhampton 7

Hampton travelled down to Bedminster in Bristol with a depleted side, due to late withdrawals. The mix-and-match side battled commendably but suffered a heavy defeat to Broad Plain, who were a cut above most of the other League opponents.

Minch started well and indeed seemed on top in the first ten minutes or so with a very solid forward platform and some effective kicking and probing by Payne and Muskett in the backs. However Plain soon found their feet and created an overlap for the first score, which seemed to energise their young backs into an irrepressible wave of running rugby. Hampton were competing well in places, with captain Dan Wood ubiquitous, Varley and Maller powerful, Thorne dominant in the lineout and Muskett tackling magnificently. However, an increasing number of missed tackles at the starting point of the Plain attacks resulted in a flow of scores for the home side, leaving them forty points up at half-time.

The second half started as the first ended with Plain swiftly breaching the line, again showing excellent continuity and profiting from some poor tackling. However, at the mid-point of the half Hampton were resurgent and came back strong, with Humberstone enjoying several runs down the wing and Minch playing more with their brains. Some excellent tackling halted several late Plain raids on the Minch line, and Hampton were rewarded for their tenacity when Whittemore scored a consolation try, benefiting from a smart pass inside from Payne, who duly converted. Minch drowned their sorrows with a splendid sing-song in the hospitable bar afterwards, and left looking forward to the return match at home.

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