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21
JAN

Taking the mud-drenched field for the first time since before Christmas, Mlvern used this friendly against a limited but determined Gloucester OB side to shake of the cobwebs and get some crucial game time. The gap in skill levels and a very narrow pitch meant that the home side played a spoiling game, whilst there was little room for Malvern to practice their more expansive side. Tom Beechey had three runs early on but was closed down short of the line as Malvern dominated positionally, playing virtually the whole of the first half in home territory. The penalty count against the OBs was massive as they were continually caught offside or killing the ball, but Malvern opted to give the pack some scrimmaging practice rather than kicking for goal. The home .line was finally breached as the referee lost patience and awarded a penalty try, new French stand-off Nicolas Gyucha putting over the conversion. The new recruit also impressed with some pinpoint kicking from hand as he and his colleagues went through a repertoire of moves. In the back row, Owen Jones and Phil Rawle worked tirelessly, whilst lock Gareth Taylor ground his way through on many occasions to gain valuable yards.

After the break Malvern went up a gear, Gyucha putting over a penalty, then feeding skipper Watkins for a converted try. Hooker Luke Greenwood, busy as ever around the park, made a break for Taylor to score then a James Martin crash move set up Rawle for the final score.

Whilst the result was never in doubt, the Malvern coaching team were just pleased to get the team out for match practice, with three of the top four sides to play in the league over the next three Saturdays.

Malvern travel to Newport, Shropshire this Saturday, always a tough venue, followed by Kenilworth at home and the rearranged Broad Street game on 7th February. Director of Rugby David Robins said “We are much improved since we played these sides earlier in the season, but still go in as underdogs. Having said that, we have a great atmosphere in the squad and know that upsets are always possible in this league – leaders Luctonians had a shock home defeat last weekend. We just need to play our game plan for the whole 80 minutes- it’s all about keeping possession and making tackles. Our set piece work is getting better all the time and our backs are as good as any, so I’m confident that we will finish the second half of the season in good shape.”

NZ UNDER 19 HOOKER TO JOIN MALVERN

Robins also announced the arrival at the end of January of Aaron Clark, hooker for the New Zealand Under 19 squad. A product of North Otago’s Kevin’s School, which has produced 22 All Blacks, he was recommended to Worcester Warriors’ Mike Ruddock, who advised N Otago’s coach John Clarke that Malvern would be an ideal place for him to gain some senior experience in the UK. Robins is hopeful that this could lead to an exchange scheme between the two. “We have had some Kiwis at Malvern in the past and some of our lads have gone to New Zealand, but there has been no formal link established. Aaron will be lodging with club members and undertaking some coaching at King’s School for his stay until the end of the season, and it would be good to make this a regular exchange scheme on a similar basis.”

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