2nds cup run is over!!
2nd XV were knocked out of the cup in the Quarter Final tie with Alfreds Nomads
The 2nd XV travelled to Marlborough to face Dorset and Wilts 2 North league opposition in Alfred's Nomads/Marlborough IIs in this weeks cup quarter final match!
The game started off with a bang, both teams running the ball directly and both teams putting in some big hits!! Hugo Spink playing out of position at fly half carried on from his last game making many a tackle within the first 20 minutes. Nomads began to exert a lot of pressure against the visitors using the slight hill slope to their advantage. The visitors a league below their hosts were determined and dogged in their defence. Wingers Kieron Plummer and James Akers making some crucial last ditch tackles to keep the hosts away from the line. Centres James Pinnell and debutant Noah Cannon were using their speed to shut down nomads attack. Warminster playing most of the half in their own half were desperately trying to get some ball and mount an attack, using Cannon and Pinnell to try and barge through the line but with no real success. Eventually after 20 minutes played Nomads scored after a Warminster scrum was turned over by numerous flying boots in the scrum it eventually came to back of the Nomads side. After a well rehearsed backs move the hosts were able to score in the corner!! Warminster tried to get straight back into the game with strong carries from Dan Bagshaw-Wickett, Matt Frere and Andy Clarke began to build momentum in the favor of the Amber and blues, combined with a few half breaks from Pinnell and Cannon Warminster began to build pressure on the host, but the final execution would prove costly to the visitors desperate to score! The home side would run in 2 more tries in the half only converting 1 making it 17-0 at half time.
Skipper Scotty Blaszkiw playing in his preferred position of fullback (not hooker) was not to disappointed with his sides passion and spirit and instructions were to get and keep the ball. So from the restart the blue and ambers did just that, a good tackle from Jon Legg isolated the nomads back and Warminster were able to steal the ball and counter, quick ball to Spink saw him release centre Cannon was able to jink past his opposite number and accelerate past the last ditch efforts from the home sides backs to score in the comer. Cannon tried to covert his own try but missed from the difficult out wide attempt, that was as good as it got for the visitors and home side began to show their class against a tiring Warminster side. Scoring a further 7 tries past in the visitors to comfortably win the tie 64-5. It was a great display by the home side in the second half and we can't take that away from Nomads who were fully deserving of their victory! Although the result, skipper Scott Blaszkiw will be happy about is the spirit and determination of his side, never giving up and always fighting till the last whistle this was on show with Malcolm Bryant pulling off a try saving tackle, in Hugo Spink who very rarely missed a tackle, in Baggy and Clarkey who were always looking to do the dog work with picking up the hard yards with carries. The scrum very rarely took a backwards step and was a good foundation for visitors!! Club captain Jimmy Rees was watching the game on the sidelines and was full of positives 'the boys left everything on the field and that's all that we could of asked of them! Some people out of their normal position but just got on with it and put their all in!' He also mentioned the difference in the sides 'they (Nomads) are a league above our 2nds and it showed, but our guys never gave up, some big tackles and some excellent defence showed them we were here to play!' In the post game huddle Rees thanked all the players for effort and commitments from all involved, it was a tough game but the amber and blues can take positives out of it ready for the next league fixture! Next week sees a top of the table clash as the 2nds host league leaders and Nomads semi final opposition Corsham at Folly Lane. No doubt Scotty will be looking to get this lose out of the system with a win next Saturday!! Thanks to all that made the journey to support the 2nds, Dan Bowman for running the line and Carl Crabtree for running the water on (sometimes)!