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Your News Gloucester All Blues 0 - Minchinhampton 33

Buoyed by last weekends success, Minch were keen to keep the momentum going and were hell bent on victory. Electing to play down the slope Minch wanted to get in front first and sap the morale of the Gloucester men. This they certainly did, with forwards pounding their way through the middle before the ball went out wide and Alex Villiere went in for his first of the afternoon with a well crafted try. Minchs industrious forwards were working well and were lining up in support to carry on the attacks, Paul Prosser finishing off a good move for his score. Minch were firmly in control and there was no respite with efficient attacking up the middle, Ian French marking his return from injury by running in a try at close range. The All Blues defence was simply out manoeuvred as Minch ran good lines with alacrity. Villiere got his second, and then just before half time the heavyweight Hampton pack drove All Blues over their own line. Alan Halling touched down for the score and Minch were 33-0 up at half time.

>From the one-way traffic of the first half, All Blues woke up and got into their stride with breaks through the middle and some good runs round the outside with their backs. Minch were suddenly on the back foot, but their defence held true. Hamptons attacks built again, Steve Coombes and Morgwn Atkins running well in the forwards and the backs were getting some good ball, but the attacks were misfiring with panicked decision making and final passes that werent quite going to hand. Jake Osborne did get close with good, incisive running at stand off, but Minch just couldnt quite get through. As the referee whistled for full time, the victors were somewhat subdued by their disappointing second half, but can take pride in their attacking rugby and solid defence.

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