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Your News Minchinhapton 44 - Longlevens 2XV 7

Longlevens were a team full of youthful vitality, but Hampton were keen to redeem themselves after last weeks cup defeat and teach their visitors a harsh lesson with a good display of running rugby. Hampton started the stronger and the game was merely a couple of minutes old when Stu Campbell tore through a gap before popping up to Tony Richmond, who seared his way through to put Minch in the lead. Campbell was instrumental a couple of minutes later, jinking his way round the defence to Chris Trim who showed a clean set of heels before diving over to score. Longlevens heads dropped and there was now no stopping Minch as they advanced up the pitch at will. Minch were in vindictive mood and Tom Horrell calmly took a penalty to put Minch into a 15 point lead. The youthful Longlevens side were just no match for the experienced Minch side who cut attacks down in their tracks, and from a Matt Brawley tackle, Dan Wood ripped the ball and ran round the outside of the defence to score under the posts to put Minch in a 22-0 lead. Longlevens did manage to crawl back and got a well deserved try before the interval, but it was clear they had a huge job on their hands to get back into the game.

With the slope in the second half, Minch gave no quarter to their opposition. As the conditions worsened slippery passes were knocked on, leading to a number of scrums, but Minch were more than a match for their opponents, and the stage was set for further attacks. Minch camped themselves in the Longlevens 22 and attacked from all angles. Tries came via Jake Osborne and Chris Brookman and such was their dominance that when Minch wanted a break they took a penalty kick to extend their lead with Tom Horrell obliging. Longlevens were having a torrid afternoon in the mudbath, and with excellent rucking from Hampton there was little they could do. The Wood brothers Dan and Rich were both on blistering form in the loose, and Longlevens were kept on the back foot throughout. As Minch went for the kill Longlevens had to tackle like dervishes to keep Minch out, but finally it was Stu Campbell who delivered the coup de grace and scored in the corner and give Minch a convincing 44-7 victory.

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