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Eager to wipe out memories of the early-season drubbing at the hands of the All Whites, Malvern came out of the traps at full steam and put the visitors under intense pressure from the start. This was rewarded after 8 minutes when they won a penalty and took a tap and go which ended with winger George Kitching storming over for a try which Adam Dixon converted. It took a full 25 minutes for Newton Abbott to make inroads into the Malvern half as the Spring Lane side’s tackling had kept them pinned back in their own territory. When they finally got to the home 22 metre area they won a scrum but conceded a penalty allowing Malvern to clear their lines. However, the efficient All Whites forwards continued to exert pressure as the half went on and it was Malvern’s turn to have their defence tested, and just as it looked as though they would reach the break without conceding, Newton Abbott won a 5 metre scrum and the ball was moved out wide for Eddie McGinley to go over in the corner to claw back five points, the conversion being missed.

The second half saw the Devon side turning the screw with repeated forays into the Malvern half and ten minutes in they went ahead. A Malvern clearance was run back and centre Sam Jones cut through to score and set up an easy conversion for Rob Avery-Wright. With the visitors now edging the scrums, Malvern were constantly on the defensive and on the hour mark Avery-Wright put them 7-15 up with a well-struck penalty. As the clock ran down Malvern made repeated probes into the Newton Abbott half, TJ Harris making a couple of breaks, but it wasn’t until the 79th minute that they finally scored. Richard Fleming used his strength to break a couple of tackles and powered through the middle to score, Dixon’s quick conversion bringing the gap back to one point. Malvern secured the ball at the restart but the final whistle went to end a thoroughly entertaining match.

Although Malvern were again frustrated at only having a losing bonus point, the result showed how much they have improved over the season and they now face Oxford Harlequins at Spring Lane this Saturday in a relegation zone crunch match. Intelligence reports say that Quins have recruited from the Universities and will field a stronger side than that which won in the last minute at Oxford, so Malvern will have to be on top form to secure the points. Kickoff is at 2.15pm at Spring Lane

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