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Your News Minchinhampton Rams 30 - Westbury on Severn 2XV 7

This was a bright autumn day for the Rams in more ways than one, as they outplayed a tenacious, powerful and committed Westbury team, despite losing key player Adam Tanner to injury, after a mere four minutes. The return of several other key Rams such as Morgwn Atkins, Featherstone, Ed Voss and the irrepressible Grant Hitchcock help ensure both structure and continuity much improved. In Tom Horrell the Rams have a reliable goal-kicker and indeed he punished Westbury indiscretions with three early penalties. Westbury then upped their game and an exchange of tries followed as Ed Voss was released by some excellent work from the ever-sharp Brain and missed tackles allowed a Westbury player to bulldoze his way over.

That was to be the end of the missed tackles though, as Minch excelled in this regard for the remainder of the game, soaking up periods of pressure from the visiting team. Besides Hitchcock the stand out player in the tackle count, other notable contributors in defence were Wagner, Anderson, Maller, Fisher and captain James Uys, who had an excellent game in defence and attack, despite contending with repeated offside offences from the opposition. The Minch forwards operated as a unit, the counter-rucking of Atkins, Goulty and Fisher proving highly effective. With more forward momentum, secure lineout ball and Horrells kicking for territory, the Rams had the platform from which to launch attacks and were rewarded with two splendid second-half tries. Voss followed up his own clearance kick at pace, received a kind bounce, bounced off the Westbury winger and steamed in for the try. On the other wing, another Chris Brain finished another raid superbly, taking Andersons sweetly timed pass, beating the last man and flying over under the posts. Horrell converted both tries to complete a satisfying day for the Rams.

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