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For those who braved the elements to watch the quarter final clash between Minety and Minch, they were rewarded with a highly charged nail biter that went down to the wire. Playing with the steep slope Minch were keen to impress themselves on their hosts from the start, and kept them camped deep in their own half. But handling errors were costing them dear and eventually Minety broke out and stunned Hampton, going through to score. Keen to keep the pressure on, the Minch pack were effective in the tight, steamrolling their way through the Minety scrum and with Bertie Fisher and Dan Wood towering in the lineout they had the platform from which to launch attacks. Marching down the pitch they pressured Minety, and with huge pressure in the scrum they forced a penalty which Nick Dill calmly slotted to put Minch back in it 7-3. Although they had the possession and territorial advantage, it was the occasional lapses that Minety took advantage of and another score increased their lead. With time running out in the first half the tenacious Nick Dill picked up a loose ball and dived over to score, which he duly converted.

12-10 down, Minch had to keep the momentum going and duly did so with another Dill penalty. Tries were exchanged, with Alan Halling bursting through at close range to get his. Minch had a fragile 20-17 lead, but with Minety bringing on powerful runners from reserve, Minch’s defence was stretched to the limit. Hampton were tiring in the swamp like conditions and Minety found the slenderest of gaps and went in for a brace of tries to lead 27-20. With steadfast determination, Minch went all out for a score and it was Rich Humberstone collecting a well taken chip through from Tom Horrell, who had the pace to score in the corner. 5 minutes to go and only two points down, Minch sensed the chance to win the game, Bertie Fisher running well with the rest of the forwards in excellent close support. But it was Minch’s last gasp breakout where a spilt pass was pounced upon by Minety who span the ball out to their fly half who calmly slotted the drop goal to confirm the win for the hone side. Minch return to league action on Saturday when they face Dowty at home.

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