2nd XV overcome Supermarine
2nds secure a bonus point win against an determined Supermarine
Warminster made its way to Swindon with a strong side that included experience and youth. Sadly, the depth of the squad compared to the previous week was brought to a bare minimum and the Warminster Warriors departed with 14 players. Our opposition were also experiencing difficulties raising a full squad and after a few conversations and the squad sizes all equal on the pitch, the game commenced with rugby being the real winner before any final score. Our game plan was to use our Youth in the wide channels as the opposition proved they could be very physical and definitely matched some of our experienced players. Our tactics quickly paid off with a great try early on from Sam Couch.
However, Supermarine guided by their excellent captain they were able to defend very well by not committing players to the ruck area and delivering text book drift defence which soon rattled Warminster’s patience. Players started to make errors by forcing the pass, dropping the ball and being held in the tackle in desperation to break the wall of the Supermarine defence. This led to a great deal of turn over ball and penalties stacking against the visiting team. The pressure finally took its toll with Supermarine scoring a well worked try, whilst reminding Warminster players that tackling low is a required skill against large angry forwards. The notable exception was Couch who known for his great offensive skills proved he was solid in defence.
However, some wise words from club stalwart Andy Clarke under the posts, Warminster quickly made camp in their half after a well-balanced kick from Ben Tiley and then by leading example Clarkey set up a maul which all the forwards rallied round him and they marched up the pitch. Bouncer Hall switched his clip board for playing duties and steered the maul over the try line bagging himself a try.
The half time whistle blew and Warminster were able to regroup under the great captaincy of Scott Blaszkiw the smiling assassin; a big reminder around the playing to the strengths of the team, using forwards taking play into contact a couple of times then simply give it to the backs early and just support the player with the ball.
This was put into action and straight from receiving the kick off and last week’s man of the match Dan Bagshaw-Wickett and debutant Tobias Jones started to steam into the defence and allowing the backs to create some outside and three tries quickly followed by outside centre Dan Harris whom later went on to grab a hatrick (and a jug in the bar for his troubles). Dominic Davey continues his good run of form with some great support play, offloading and scoring a well worked try when second row and front row to be Jon Legg scooped up a loose ball and after a little canter offloaded a ‘helicopter pass’ to the flanker who was in close support and ran in from the half way line.
Supermarine had five minutes in the second half where they were camped on the Warminster line but after a great defensive effort and some fine ‘darks art’ manoeuvres from the battle hardy front row released the pressure and Warminster continued to dominate play. The final score was 50-12. We hope a speedy recovery to those players injured and thank you to the players who made the long trip to Swindon. It was great to see considering the situations that both teams could get a game of rugby played. The 2nds will no doubt be happy with their win and they have won 7 out of 8 of their league games to date. The 2nds also had two debutants playing today Sebastaino De Roberto making his first appearance after moving from Italy and Tobais Jones. It is very encouraging to see more youth coming through into the seconds, with the likes of Jones, Davey and Sam Bates and Ben Ryan all starting to cement themselves as regulars in the squad (and bringing down the average age of the squad) Club captain Rees mentioned 'there is a great vibe in the whole club and particularly the 2nd XV they performing well in the league but you can also see the team spirit within the squad, a good mixture of banter and fun as well as competiveness in the games. it is good to see the youngsters coming through and the likes of Bouncer, Clarkey, Malc and Scotty help development them into senior rugby!'
Words from Simon 'Bouncer' Hall.