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A Malvern side with several changes in the pack due to injuries and absence travelled to Finstall Park to take on a struggling Bromsgrove side in the senior County Cup on Saturday. With a difficult league run in to avoid relegation, the boars opted to field a weakened side, resting many first choice players for their main objective. However, the Malvern forwards struggled to gain any supremacy in the battle of the packs, a distinct lack of ball carrying allowing the keen Bromsgrove second stringers to stifle much of the ball won by Malvern. With little platform to work from, Malverns backs were forced to take hurried ball under pressure and it was testament to their skills that the league leaders finally ground out a victory.

It was winger Ryan Henshaw who broke the deadlock by opening the scoring in the 10th minute with a typically powerful run, bursting down the right to collect the try. It took another 25 minutes for Malvern to add to the score, the strength of Ted Lang giving skipper Ryan Watkins the opening to score and Adam Dixon to convert. Dixon left the field with a thigh injury shortly afterwards to add to Malverns injury woes, Jamie Gwynne moving to scrum half and Anderson out to stand off. Hooker Luke Greenwood was unlucky to collect a sin bin card when trapped at the bottom of a ruck but adjudged not to have rolled away.

In the second half a spirited fight back by the Bromsgrove youngsters, the slope in their favour, saw them pull back a score. However, another moment of individual brilliance from Chris Hooper saw the full back run right through the heart of the Bromsgrove defence to score under the posts and convert his own try. With a couple of minutes left, the game Bromsgrove side worked their way into Malverns 22 metre area and came off the back of a ruck to score another try, but Malverns backs had carried the day.

Robins unhappy with display

We made life very difficult for ourselves today because nobody would take on the responsibility of carrying the ball forward said Malverns Director of Rugby David Robins. With Gareth Taylor out injured and Phil Rawle and Owen Jones not yet available, we struggled up front and Bromsgroves back row played a great spoiling game to ensure we didnt get much in the way of good ball to our backs. If Chris Smith hadnt been so dominant in the line out, we could have been in real trouble. We will have to work really hard in training this week to address these issues, with potentially our toughest match of the season coming up this week at Walsall. We werent too bad in the tight, taking a couple against the head, but we were poor around the fringes at the ruck. In the end, it was the sheer talent of our backs which won the game for us.

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