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Your News MInchinhampton 15 - Wotton Under Edge 17

After a fortnight of disappointing results Minch were intent on getting back to winning ways, but a heavyweight Wotton outfit showed that they were going to be no push over as they sped through for two early tries when Minch’s tackle attempts floundered. After some initial shakiness, the Minch pack became strong in the tight and some good ball came out to the backs from the scrums and line outs, but faced with a highly effective rush defence they could make few inroads. Where Minch were playing well was in the loose, with Ryan Pollard and the Wood brothers Rich and Dan leading the charge around the flanks, breaking through the Wotton defence with good support setting up good ruck ball. Having much of the possession Wotton retained the territorial advantage, but Minch’s rare visit to the Wotton goal line was rewarded with a Nick Dill penalty.

In the second half the intensity grew even more with hard running and fierce tackling from both sides. Minch were slowly winning the battle, and the pressure was paying off as the breaks came. Pete Varley was held up over the line and Ian French came very close to scoring as well. When the Minch backs had their chance they took it, with Chris Brain finishing off a well worked try in the corner, but crucially the conversion drifted just inches wide. Minch now had the confidence, and although Wotton scored another to lead 17-8, Minch were taking the game to them. Jon Sparkhall was playing a blinder at scrum half and giving the Wotton players much to think about. As the tempo increased, there was an air of inevitability as Tony Richmond took a well worked backs move to score under the posts. Two points down and six minutes to go, and Minch looked like they might just do it, but the ball passed out to Chris Brain in space with a clear run in was marginally forward, and with that Minch’s chance was gone.

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