McIntyre hatrick guides Warminster to victory
By Jimmy Rees
1st XV battle to victory over Trowbridge 2nds in Wiltshire Derby
On a cold autumns day Warminster hosted Trowbridge 2nd XV at Folly Lane. The visitors were looking to build on there win against Minety in the previous week! Where the amber and blues were looking to continue their perfect record at home this season! After a quick start Warminster found themselves ahead when outside Dan McIntyre used his change of pace to find a gap in the visitors defence and score under the posts. Scrum half Jason Sprangle slotted the the extras. A great start from the home team. Whoever the visitors almost hit back straight away as a poor restart catch resulted in a penalty for the visitors due to an accidental offside. The visitors kicked for the corner and from the resulting in a attacking lineout for the visitors. Trowbridge using their size were able to drive over the Warminster defence to score. The rest of the half would be in similar fashion one side scoring and the other responding. Centre Lai Vinakadina scored next after using his strength to batter through the defence to score . Sprangle added the extras. Lachlan Stuart scored next after quick ball from a beak down saw flanker Ollie Pinnell pass to Stuart who was able to side step his opposite number and rush in to score. Warminster would score before the end of the half, when McIntyre scored his second. Sprangle missed extras on both. But for all of Warminster attacking play, the defence was letting them down as Trowbridge were still in the game after 3 first half try’s. Making the score 24-17 at half time.
Trowbridge struck first when another set piece saw them rumble over the hosts line to score. The conversion was missed but Trowbridge were in striking distance as the score was now 24-22. The next 20 minutes both teams were battling as you would expect in a derby, strong tackles in both defences shutting out any attack play. Warminster went to use the boot of replacement Jimmy Rees and Fly Half Gavin Pratt to pin the visitors deep in their half. This pressure paid off when Sprangle, now in the centres intercepted a pass and burst towards the line, he looked certain to score but the tiring centre was caught up by the visitors sprinting full back, however Stuart was at handed following Sprangle to receive an offload to dive over for his second. Rees missed the extras. James Rowbotham would score next with a thunderous short distance run crashing through the defence to score under the posts on the back from good structured play from the forwards. Rees added the extras. McIntyre would score his hatrick with a great running line finding a gap in the defence, to go under the posts untouched. Then winger Ross Williams also got on the score sheet, using his strength and pace to slip through a tackle and sprint in from 20 metres. Rees converted both.
A good day in the office for the amber and blues. After a tight first half, Warminster were able to peel away in the second half. Mainly down to the desire and fitness of the squad. It was very much a game where all 18 players gave everything and the result showed that at the end! Warminster will be looking at a few things in preparation for their game against Avonvale on Saturday! Captain Steve Rowbotham commented on the spirit of the team ‘it was a good second half, we could of easily folded when Trowbridge scored early in the half. But the experienced heads in the team knew we needed to manage the game and slow it down at times. The last 20 minutes just shows what we are capable of throwing together some lovely passages of play and link forwards and backs together brilliantly’