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Your News Cheltenham Civil Service 3XV 29 - Minchinhampton Rams 33

Captain Fisher’s considerable efforts to overcome non-availabilities and get a team together were rewarded as an enterprising Minch Rams notched a fine Merit table win against familiar opponents, in an excellent high-tempo game. Minch drew first blood when man of the match Ollie Payne went on one of many mazy runs and sidestepped his way over. Service responded following a touchline chip and chase. With Evans and Fryer setting the scrum rock solid scrum, and scrum-half Eagles enabling flowing moves, Minch were looking dangerous in the backs. They countered well when fielding kicks and centres Phil and Ollie Payne were linking fluently with Horrell at fly-half and winger Trim. Indeed they ran Service ragged with three more tries from sweeping moves before half-time, Payne and the strong-running Caple among the scorers. Service hauled one back to make it 26-12 to Minch at the break.

Service are redoubtable opponents, though, and were resurgent second half, camping for a while in the Minch 22. Following excellent support play through among their forwards, they forced their way over thrice, and would have scored more but for determined defence, notably by Fisher, Eagles and Whittemore, and relieving kicks from Horrell. Minch overcame this third quarter dip, and were denied a near-certain score as winger Chris Heard, on the overlap, could not quite retain the ball. The Rams finished with spirit, as renewed forwards pressure, and momentum from French, created the opportunity for Payne’s well deserved hat-trick. Horrell topped off a good day with four conversions.

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