2017 ends in defeat for Amber and Blues
Warminster travelled to face Pewsey Vale on Saturday in the last game of 2017.
After the previous weeks compelling performance in inflicting a first defeat of the season on Bradford on Avon, the amber and blues were bought back down to earth with a bump and ended up well beaten by 37-10.
The squad was somewhat changed yet again missing the talented Fijian contingent of Sikeli Rokovunicagi, Rupeni Rokoduguni and Waisale Cakau.
The match actually started off well for the amber and blues when after just a few minutes, some good counter rucking at the breakdown saw the ball spill out. Centre Lai Vinakadina was quickest to react scooping up the ball and sprinting clear from his own half and under the posts for the first score. Scrum half Jason Sprangle slotted the easy conversion.
The early exchanges were played between both twenty twos with neither side really threatening the try line. Pewsey got on the scoreboard with a penalty kick after captain Steve Rowbotham was harshly penalised for a tip tackle which was anything but and had both sides agreeing in good Christmas spirit that the tackle was a perfectly fair one.
A few minutes later the home side scored their first try after a dubious forward pass in midfield was allowed to continue and Pewsey broke clear to the line for a converted try.
Warminster were then dealt a blow when Sprangle suffered an Achilles injury and was pretty much a passenger for the rest of the half. Before the period ended though the amber and blues were able to get back on level terms when a Pewsey infringement in front of the posts allowed fly half Gavin Pratt to kick three point and the score was 10-10 at half time.
The second half was very much one way traffic which started from the kick off when the amber and blues allowed a Pewsey forward the freedom of the field to sprint towards the try line. A couple of phases later and Pewsey had scored in the corner. This set the tone for the rest of the half as the amber and blues were unable to gain a foothold in the game and struggled to breakthrough a miserly Pewsey defensive line.
The home side rattled in a number of tries albeit with one resulting from a stolen lineout which Alex Jenkins was unlucky to not clear up and a try at the end from what appeared to be a clear knock on. The final score was 37-10.
Even though the amber and blues will feel hard done by with a few decisions, they were second best on the day to a Pewsey Vale side that were deserving of their victory. The home side were more efficient and creative in attack and defended well in midfield giving Warminster very little to go on.
Although this was a disappointing end to the first half of the season Warminster are still sitting nicely in third position in the league and can go in to the new year with plenty of confidence they can still mount a title challenge.