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Your News Caincross 13 - Minchinhampton 36

Minchinhampton relished the opportunity to begin this years league campaign away to local rivals Cainscross.

As expected the opening minutes were scrappy with both teams trading shots at goal, with Cainy clinically slotting their opening two to take an early lead. With only 10 minutes on the clock Minch were reduced to fourteen when Number 8 Niall Kimber was sin binned for illegal play. Cainy were on top with their tails up and they were the first to score when poor Minch tackling saw them cross the line. Nick Dill was keeping Minch in touching distance throughout the first half kicking some fantastic penalties and using his boot in open play to pin back the opposition. Minch finally sprung into life after half an hour gone when great handling from the Minch backs saw Miles Owen go over in the corner for a well deserved try. Cainscross came back at Minch but were now met by strong a strong Minch defence, this pressure in defence finally showed when skipper Jake Muskett intercepted a pass in his own 22 and carried the ball fifty yards, Chris Brookman’s excellent support play meant he could finish the break and cross the line to score great try and leave the game a to close to call affair at half time.

Playing down hill in the second half Minch were firing into the opposition, with the pack including Dan Wood, Ian French and Ryan Pollard working extremely hard at the break down. The introduction of Pete Varley enabled Minch to secure good quick ball in both the scrum and the breakdown. Dill kept the score board ticking over when Minch pressure in the Cainy 22 forced several penalties. Cainy came back strong and if it was not for the effort of Dan Tedham would have certainly gone over for a try. Minch pushed on and using their slope to their advantage pinned Cainy back in their 22 as a result Stu Allen sliced through the defence to go over for a great try. The final nail in the coffin came several minutes later when great hands from Brookman and Allen allowed Rich Humberstone score a great team try in the corner.

In the end Minch’s superior fitness showed winning the game with a comfortable margin, Hampton will be happy to get their league campaign off to a perfect start and extend their run to 5 game, 5 wins.

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