Amber and Blues Defeat Harlequins!!
By Jimmy Rees
Dan McIntyre helps Warminster seal victory with 4 Tries!!
Warminster kicked off their preseason on Saturday when they travelled to Brislington to take on Bristol Harlequins!
With a healthy squad Warminster ran out victors with a 36-22 victory! A win that they had to work incredibly hard for against a well organised Quins side.
It was the hosts that dominated the 1st quarter of the match pinning the Amber and blues deep into their own half, continuous infringements allowed plenty of practice in the lineout! Warminster used last year’s 2nd XV players player Dom Davy in the lineout which put the Quins set piece under pressure! Warminster showed resilience in defence and kept the home sides attacks out! Eventually the home side finally broke the defence and crashed over from short distance. Warminster from the restart instantly hit back, a good restart kick from Jimmy Rees saw flanker Kieron Plummer regaining the ball, after being tackled some good break down work saw quick ball for the visitors which allowed fly half Gavin Pratt enough time to grubber kick the ball perfectly behind the home sides defence and centre Dan McIntyre to regain and score. From the restart Warminster quickly added another score, this time a good exit kick Pratt and an indecisive moment from the home sides full back saw the ball spilled, McIntyre who was chasing the kick was able to pick up the ball well from the floor and dash to the line to score! Both conversions were missed. McIntyre's second try saw the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter continued with the visitors beginning to take a hold of the fixture. New signing Lachlan Stuart playing Full back making an instant impact in the amber the blue shirt. a break of the line saw Stuart running towards the post, Stuart was able to draw the covering defender before putting McIntyre under the posts for his hat-trick. McIntyre would score again in this quarter before brother Jack McIntyre crossed the line. both tries were converted one by Pratt and the other by Haydn Tryhorn.
The 3rd quarter the home side came back, the Quins used their forwards well to dominate the 3rd quarter, the Quins score two identical tries for short distance lineouts, caught, set and pushed over by the big forwards. Warminster also got on the score board at the end of the quarter when a well worked backs move was shipped out to Number 8 Reid Curtis, Curtis was able to break through the defence and charge towards the line. Curtis was brought down just short of the line. Hooker Alex Jenkins was on hand to receive the offload from Curtis and score.
The 4th Quarter definitely belonged to the hosts as they were able to add another try and keep the visitors off the score board. no doubt Warminster will take a lot of positives from this fixture, when the ball was with the backs, the play and interlink at times was sublime. But there are also areas to work on which no doubt will be the main focus during training. Rees commented 'it was a useful fixture for both sides, we have definitely learnt a lot from the fixture' he went on to say 'we have had a good amount of set piece practice in this fixture but will be hoping to further develop for the beginning of the season'. The amber and blues had a few debutants playing today, Lachlan (Lachie) Stuart as already mentioned, Ryan North on the wing and Mitchell Curtis on the flank, all had a positive start in Warminster colours. North will be forgiven after missing a fantastic opportunity to score on his debut, but after some great back play, a great one handed offload by Tom Evan was dropped by the supporting North, who had nothing in front of him but green to run into. But that wasn’t the funniest moment of the day, utility man Kieron Plummer won that award, for hassling the referee to find out how much time was remaining of the game (on numerous occasions) and once the referee confirmed time had expired, Plummer got the ball and smashed it out to touch to ensure victory! something he may have been praised for in a league or cup fixture, but in a preseason fixture, Plummer quickly received jeers and comments for fans and players from both teams for his efforts. There were really good performances on display throughout the whole squad, youngsters Dom Davy and Toby Jones were working well together in the backrow and always causing problems for the opposition at the breakdown. Dan Bowman was leading the charge with ball in hand, carrying strong. Stephen Rowbotham, Reid Curtis and Alex Jenkins were leading by example in the tackle. The McIntyre brothers in the centres were at the destructive best, finding gaps or making gaps by strong running. Ross Williams fresh from this 7s season always looked dangerous with ball in hand, and proved tricky for the opposition to defend.
All in all it was a good start of the Amber and Blues preparations for the forthcoming season, but there will be no rest this week, as they will training and preparing to host Tor RFC from Glastonbury this coming Saturday at Folly Lane, kick off is at 3pm and the club and players would strongly welcome any support for the day!