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Your News Minchinhampton 33 - Chairmans Invitational XV 19

On a fine afternoon, the Minchinhampton faithful were treated to a festival of rugby. The 1st XV took on an Invitational XV filled with the Hampton old guard as well as players from the Rams keen to impress. Playing up the slope, the 1sts started strongly enough with Ed Wright sprinting in from long range. All seemed well for the 1sts, but the Chairmanís XV clearly had other ideas, and rammed their way through for a pair of well deserved tries by Nigel Jones and Ian French. Confidence amongst the Chairmanís XV was high as they sensed their chance, and closed down the 1sts effectively, but eventually the 1sts broke free. Chris Brookman came very close, but it was Rich Woodsí run in from the 22 that restored the lead to the 1sts at halftime 14-12.

The 1sts, now with the slope, knew they had the pace to run the Chairmanís XV out of the game and did so in a spell of ruthless efficiency. Ed Wright was first to strike as he danced through like a gazelle to score in the corner to claim his brace. Next up it was Pete Varley who saw a gap on the outside and sprinted through from 35 yards down the touchline, bursting through the last defender to score. With confidence booming, the 1sts were in boisterous form and their rugby style turned barbarian-like with the forwards in excellent support of the backs. Tries seemed inevitable with all of the backs chancing their luck but excellent defence from the Chairmanís XV held firm despite the onslaught. Nick Dill rounded off an excellent move that went through half a dozen hands for the try of the afternoon. The Chairmanís XV were not finished though; Eagles was soaring in stature at fly half, and the youthful exuberance of Chris Brain on the wing was a continual thorn in the side of the 1sts. Their pack was breaking well and there was some good rucking and strong running by Pat Robertson with French, Maller and Evans in close support getting to range of the 1sts line. With the ball running quickly through the hands it found Liam Eagleston who jinked his way over the line for a very well deserved try. Chris Trim came exceedingly close to get a final try for the 1sts, but the game finished with a good win for the 1st XV, 33-19. On Saturday Minch 1st XV return to league action travelling away to Gloucester All Blues.

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