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Your News Tetbury 24 - Minchinhampton 8

Played on a pitch that was very heavy-going due to recent rains, this was an evenly contested and very competitive Cup game. The fact that the scores do not reflect this is largely down to Minchs narrowly missed opportunities, especially in the first half, but Hampton can be proud of their performance in a game where they dominated the scrums, secured their own ball impeccably, looked full of ideas and generated some real go-forward against a team playing in the league above. Tetbury used their speedy winger cleverly and it yielded two tries for them early in the first half as the ball was recycled wide. Minch were looking sharp too in the first though and a strong run from deep from Sam Hester nearly brought an equalising try as he was hauled down just short of the line, then Ryan Pollard took the ball on the burst to within five metres but could not quite release debutant Tom Cording, who made an excellent start with Minch, for the scoring pass. A penalty from Sam Hester got the visitors on the scoresheet but Tetbury, dangerous on the break, scored again, making it 17-3 at half time.

Minch were forced to use both their subs due to injuries, but competed strongly in the second half, and Tetbury only managed to breach the line once with a late converted try. For Minch, the Wood brothers, Varley and Evans led the forward charge, but the man of the match was Eoghan Graves, who, running straight and strong all afternoon, had a barnstorming day in the centre with Jake Osborne, who bravely played most of the second half with an injured arm. The game became increasingly feisty as it wore on and spilled over into a total lack of discipline at a ruck, resulting in Varley, not one of the miscreants, taking a nasty and unexpected blow around the eye, which forced him off, only to return late in the game bloodied but unbowed. After a couple of strong runs from captain Brookman and some probing kicks from Jake Muskett, Minch finally got their reward when from an attacking scrum the ball was spun out and Simon Whittemore fed Hester on the peel, who finished with aplomb in the corner. A heartening performance from Hampton, who despite injuries and limited availability, gave an excellent account of themselves.

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