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Your News Malvern 15 - Redingensians Rams 22

After the low of the previous week Malvern returned to Spring Lane determined to show a large crowd that they could compete against a side tipped to be a promotion contender at the start of the campaign. The sides tested each other in a tense first half hour, the big Berkshire pack keeping Malverns defence busy, Malvern running the ball back at them. The stalemate was broken when the visitors forced a scrum deep in Malverns half and switched the ball out to the left winger, who went over in the corner. Malvern took the ball at the restart and went over the opposing line, but the referee adjudged that a knock-on had taken place. Forcing a five metre scrum, the lighter Malvern pack drove the Rams eight backwards, the ball was hurriedly passed out and went loose but speedy winger Tom Hale collected and sped through to score to leave the match ties 5-5 at half time.

The second period saw Malvern pressing hard but they lost influential centre Nick Miller to injury. Rams then drove upfield and the Malvern defence again held out, taking the ball back into the visitors half. Rams infringed at the breakdown and Adam Dixon put over the penalty in the 54th minute to nose the home side ahead. The Reading men then brought their big forwards into play more, playing a tight game and grinding down to the line to snatch back the lead with a converted try just on the hour from Baker. More of the same style of play saw the Rams go further ahead with a penalty and they dominated play until, with 7 minutes left, they secured the match with a try from a forward pass which the referee missed, although their own touch judge later confirmed should have been ruled out. Malvern, however, showed plenty of spirit and replied from the restart as James Southalls jinking run caused confusion among the Rams defence and Luke Milton came through on the burst to score in the corner. Dixon put over the conversion to ensure a losing bonus point, although Malvern can feel aggrieved that they did not at least share the spoils.

A much improved performance will have installed some self belief into the Malvern side as they travel to Amersham and Chiltern this week to try and bag their first win on the road this season.

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