The game started off with a quick tempo both teams getting hands on the ball and trying to challenge the others defence! Warminster got early dominance in the scrums with front row Dan Woods, Alex Jenkins and Steve Rowbotham putting huge pressure on the opposition scrum forcing untidy ball for the visitors attack. Both teams defences were very strong and hard hitting, making it harder for the attack plays to be successful. Warminster did began to dominate after 10 minutes and were seeing a lot of ball in the visitors 22. Fly half Jason Sprangle releasing his backs Kurt Hilton and utility man Reid Curtis playing in the centres with some good success. But the determined Minety defence would not let the amber and blues over the line. With the scores 0-0 after 20 or so minutes. Warminster were then awarded a penalty from 35 metres out. Sprangle who was excellent with the boot in Warminsters victory over Melksham last week went for the kick at posts. Unfortunately he narrowly missed. Warminster’s defence were still holding strong were forcing the visitors to play out deep in their own half with back 3 Sam Couch, Dan Harris and James Pinnell returning the ball extremely well when kicked to them. In the fast nature of the game Warminster forced an error from Minety, which saw the minety centre pass the ball out into touch missing his support player. From the resulting line out, the ball found its way to scrum half Jimmy Rees, who spotted a gap and sniped through the line down the blindside. Still with some work to do, Rees stepped the opposition winger and touched down in the corner. Sprangle missed the difficult extras. The score at half time was 5-0.
At half time it was clear to see that Warminster were on edge, things weren’t going to plan and it was easy to see that this frustrated the players. Coach Danny Webb used that to motivate the players. We know we are better that what we done in that half that’s play to our potential was the main message of the half time talk. Similar to last week Danny Webb used his substitutes quite early to keep the momentum up. Debutant back rower Jordon Carpenter came on for the tireless Pete Evans and Matt Wallis cane on for Dan Woods. In the second half the home side came out flying, using their structure to devastating effect. Carpenter having an immediate impact in attack and defence. The minety defence doing their upmost to keep out the hosts and just holding on. Gaps were eventually forming in the defence and within 3 carriers the hosts had rumbled 50 metres up the pitch. Scrum half Rees span the ball out from the breakdown but the ball just dropped short of fly half Sprangle, Sprangle doing fantastically well to pick up the ball on the bounce, Curtis committed two defenders with a tight run, which left space for Sprangle to float it out to full back Couch who was able to slide over unopposed for the score. Again Sprangle missed the difficult extras. The remainder of the half was deemed as ‘ugly’ for the amber and blues. Two quick yellow cards were issued to Hilton and Jenkins which left the hosts with 13 players on the field. The defensive display from the 13 men on the field was magnificent, spending most the 10 minutes deep in their own half.
At the end of the game coach Danny Webb stated “it was a scrappy hard fought game, where we had to trust and apply our game plan to cross the line. As a whole really happy with the result as a sign of a good team is winning while not clicking” Final score 1st XV 10 - 0 Minety RFC.