Warminster out muscled by Avonvale
By Jimmy Rees
Warminster suffered their first taste of defeat in 2019 when then lost to Avonvale on Saturday.
The hosts started off the game brightly, putting together some good passages of play, Dan Bowman, Reid Curtis and Dom Davey carrying the ball particularly well! Due to injuries and unavailability fly half Jason Sprangle found himself at outside centre. With Gavin Pratt being given the 10 shirt duties for the day. With good breakdown work from the Warminster forwards the backs were given clean fast ball which they were using to mount attacks. However the visiting defence were up for the challenge stopping what ever Warminster threw at them. It was Avonvale to score first after soaking up all the pressure forced an mistake from the amber and blues and turned the ball over. The visitors used the counter attack ball to score after a few phases of play later, after a good backs move saw the Avonvale centre cross over. The difficult conversion was successful! Warminster reinserted dominance and found themselves camped on the Avonvale line, but the last ditch defence from the visitors was impressive and strong; keeping the home-side out! Avonvale added another when a good lineout move saw the other visiting centre to cross over.
Half time Avonvale were leading 14-0. After a a discussion. It was evident to see that the Warminster players were frustrated and arguing between the players began to creep in. This was quickly stopped by senior players Pratt and Alex Jenkins, who were very positive. Skipper Steven Rowbotham urged for commitment and believe for the second half. The second half won’t be remembered for the fast expansive free flowing game of rugby which Warminster try to play, but will be remembered for the immense defensive display with both teams raising to the challenges of each other. Lai Vinakadina and Jenkins putting in the hits. Bowman continued to run strong and skipper Rowbotham was carrying the ball very well! The defensive display was the cause of the next score, the amber and blues defending well around the ruck forcing the Avonvale backs to try and spin the ball out wide early, winger Ross Williams read the play very well and shot out to intercept the ball and run 80 metres to score under the posts! Avonvale is would have the last say by scoring in the corner immediately after Warminster scored. The conversion was missed which left the score line at 7-19.
Warminster will take many positives away from the game, with some good defensive displays put in. However even with all the support and encouragement from the viewing Vice Presidents the amber and blues will be extremely frustrated with their attack play and not able to get more out of the game. Club captain Jimmy Rees said ‘it was a very tough game for us, Avonvale are well organised, especially in defence. We are frustrated that we didn’t adapt to the situation’ Warminster don’t have a league fixture this Saturday, but will be still training on Thursday, also the amber and blues will be hosting the touring side Crowthorne from Reading in Saturday with a 1pm kick off.