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Your News Vigo 12 Medway 32

Medway travelled away to Vigo on Saturday to play a team that were very unlucky not to win at Priestfields earlier in the season. Vigo narrowly missed the last kick of the game in the previous encounter so Medway were under no illusions on how difficult this match could prove.

The first 15 minutes saw Medway attack Vigo and dominate field position but excellent defence from the home side, particularly the midfield led by Spiers, kept the visitors at bay.

Vigos first foray into the Medway half saw them awarded a penalty but the kick sailed just wide.

After 23 minutes the stalement was broken. Vigo were penalised for killing the ball in the ruck. Glen Wadsworth kicked the goal to put the visitors up 3-0.

Medway, from the kick, again took the game to the home side and field position then pressure on the home side saw Medway awarded a scrum 10 metres out from the home sides posts. The front 5 provided a solid platform and No 8 James Reeves picked and broke two tackles to score under the posts. Wadsworth added the conversion and Medway led 10-0.

Medway were now on the front foot and growing in confidence. On 32 minutes Medway scored again. A set piece move from the lineout saw Simon Green break the Vigo midfield defence . Green drew the cover defence and sent Roger Rhyneheart over for a well executed try. Wadsworth again converted and Medway led 17-0.

The game was slipping away from the home side. They needed to rally and they did. From the kick off Vigo forced the turnover. They attacked into midfield. A series of phases followed where Vigo showed good ball retention. Medway defended well but at the next stoppage Vigo were awarded the put in at Scrum 5 metres out. The last act of the half saw Vigo deservedly score from the scrum. The conversion was missed and Medway led 17-5.

The first score of the second half was key to who would win this match. The visitors needed to re-impose themselves after Vigo had finished the first half strongly. Medways cause was helped when the referee sin binned two Vigo players in quick succession both for killing the ball.

Medway in the first sin bin period added a penalty to their score to put themselves 20-5 up. With Vigo down to 13 men Medway were themselves then penalised and Roger Rhynheart was sent to the sin bin for killing the ball. It was now Medways 14 against Vigos 13. During this period Medway attacked. Good strong work by Kevin Kimble, Martin Farbrace and Liam Weobley saw Medway suck in the depleted home defence and Dafydd Ruffel put Glen Wadsworth away on the narrow side to score a well taken try. Wadsworth added the conversion and Medway were ahead 27-5.

Vigo tried to come back into the game but their attempts at field position were greatly undermined as Medway dominated the lineout. Both Colin Chapman and particularly Anthony Cross stole Vigos ball. Medway put on fresh legs. They introduced their strong bench of Peter Farrow, Sam Brice and Michael Scaife.

When Vigo did have possession and attacked, the Medway defence held firm. Danny Williams, Rob Ellis, Ben Wadsworth and Dayne Glassey all made good tackles.

Medway scored again with 10 minutes remaining. The effort put in on the training ground was rewarded with the second set piece move try of the match. Colin Chapman and Billy Humphrey linked well and created a simple 2 on 1 for Chapman to put Humphrey over and seal the win.

At 32-5 it would appear on the face of it to have been a comprehensive dominant victory but this was not the case. The match was hard fought and the score did not truly reflect the closeness of the encounter and justifiably it was the home side that had the final say.

Vigo deep in their own half, after some great Medway interplay brought to an end by a forward pass, won scrum ball and ran the ball. Great handling and offloading backed up by good support play saw the Vigo team (and almost every team member handled the ball) score the best try of the match on the final whistle. The try was converted to leave the final score at 32-12 to Medway.

Medway will be very pleased with the result against a vibrant Vigo team they greatly respect but Medway know that if they are to realise their ambitions in this league they need to continue their improvement.

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