Warminster 2nd XV welcomed Supermarine II’s to Folly Lane on Saturday. With recent inclement weather and gaps in the fixture list, this was only their second game in the space of 6 weeks.
Scott Blaszkiw’s men duly dusted of the cobwebs and thumped a spirited Supermarine side by 83-0.
The amber and blues could not have got off to better start when with just 10 minutes on the clock they already had three tries in the bank. Wingers Chris Douglas (two) and Ben Ryan being the recipients of some good Warminster support lines. Connor North was next on the score sheet as the amber and blues bagged the bonus point with little over 20 minutes on the clock.
Warminster were enjoying the space being afforded to them in open play, particularly veteran hooker Matty Akers who was a revelation around the field. Akers was dancing through holes in the Supermarine defence, linking up with the backs and drawing the defensive line with perfection. Eddie Jones take note!
The amber and blues bagged a further two tries heading towards half time with centre Jamie Wilde showing good pace and feet to score, followed by scrum half Gavin Pratt who found acres of space from the back of a scrum. Pratt added four of the first half conversions with fly half Jimmy Rees kicking the other as Warminster eased to a 40-0 lead at the break.
The second half followed much of the same pattern as the amber and blues failed to let up on a tiring Supermarine outfit. The home side introduced 17 year old Felix Sheves to the fray for his first senior outing and it wasn’t long before he showed his promise. First unselfishly setting up Wilde for his second try and then scoring one of his own after showing an outrageous dummy to his opposite number on the wing and sprinting clear from half way.
Pratt grabbed a second when Rees went through but didn’t quite have the pace to finish off a move following some good work by flanker Dom Davey. Rees did get himself on the scoresheet not long after with a silky dummy close to the line and Pratt grabbed his hat trick when he too got in on the dummy act, selling his opposite number at the back of a scrum and sprinting through to the line.
The final try of the game was saved for centre Sam Couch who crashed over with a three man overlap on his right hand side! Pratt kicked a further conversion, with Rees adding another two and Douglas the last. The final score 83-0.
This was an excellent and clinical performance by the amber and blues. There was some good rugby on show and at no point did any player get white line fever when it was easier for a team mate to score. The game was played in great spirit and it must be said, officiated excellently by the man in the middle. Great credit to Supermarine for never giving up in a hard day at the office for the visitors, it’s never easy to be on the end of this type of scoreline.
Next week Warminster face Bradford on Avon II’s in a rearranged fixture following the snow storms.
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