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Marlborough RFC - 2016-7 Season:

 

Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough's unbeaten run continues with convincing away victory over Combe Down

Combe Down 7 - 33 Marlborough

The early phases of the game saw mistakes by both sides but the visitors were pressing and had spurned a couple of chances including a knock over the try line.  After 16 mins the ball broke loose at a ruck and flanker Inosi Laqekoro quickly gathered the ball, he drew the defender and put an inside pass to James Farrell who ran in and made sure of the touch down. James Clancy converted the try.

Combe Down missed a penalty opportunity before Marlborough got back on the attack and started to put some good phases together.  Farrell span a good pass out ot outside half Amori Nailago who dummied and stepped to beat the defensive line and run in and score. Another great try from Nailago this season and a player who will be missed by the club when he is posted to Cyprus. Clancy again converted.

As half time got near, Farrell again fed Nailago who this time made a blindside break and put in a good pass to Clancy who drew the full back and passed to wing Will Grant to score in the corner.  Again Clancy converted. Half time score 21-0.

The second half saw the temperature drop.  The home side were determined to get back into the game and apply some pressure.  This was helped by Marlborough trying to run the ball from everywhere. One such occasion saw Clancy isolated at a ruck and when the ball was lost, Combe Down moved the ball quickly and their flanker broke down the blind side to score a converted try.

Coach Chris Budgen urged his men to show more discipline and execute at the right times.  Marlborough tightened up their play and it was Combe Down who made a mistake in over throwing at a lineout Semisi Rasivo gathered the loose ball to make a charge up field.  Farrell was in support and took the ball to score under the posts.

Clancy converted. Farrell completed his hat trick when he robbed the ball off his opposite number at a scrum to break from the half way and run half the pitch to score.  Clancy missed the conversion for a 33-7 score line.

Another good win for Marlborough that was only marred by injuries to Josh Lynd (knee) and to Epeli Kotobalavu (eye) who had made a great debut performance.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough triumph in close and entertaining match at home to Blandford

Marlborough 17 - 15 Blandford

Marlborough won a closely fought and entertaining game to maintain their unbeaten league run.  

The early phases saw the away team putting the pressure on, but a good break out by outside half James Farrell put his team on the attack.  He kicked ahead and the kick stopped just short of the line, the Blandford defender fumbled the ball and Russ Westcott pounced on the loose ball to score the try.  It was unconverted.

Blandford responded with a penalty.  The game was tight and both sides were defending well.  A number of handling errors by both teams were also causing breakdowns.  The half ended 5-3.

The second half saw the Blandford full back showing excellent kicking form to put over a further 3 penalties due to some quick decisions by the ref at rucks.  The visitors certainly had their tails up and were leading 12-5.

An altercation at a ruck meant both sides had players sin binned.  The influential Farrell for the home team looked to be the bigger loss.  

As the away team tried to launch another attack, a looping pass was intercepted by James Clancy who was able to run in 50 metres to score under the posts and convert his own try.  The scores were once again even.

Marlborough quickly went on the attack again and good handling skills by prop Feiloaki Ngungutau led to a break by Waisale Navunidakua, he burst through the defence and set up full back Garth Bari to score out wide.

Scores were now 17-12.  Blandford were not done though and attacked again, Marlborough captain Jack Lynd was sin binned for obstruction as Blandford looked to attack.  They took the penalty and scored, 17-15.

A tense few minutes were in store, as the game entered the final moments, First Marlborough had a penalty opportunity that was missed and then right at the end Blandford again won a penalty, but their kicker also missed and the game ended 17-15.

It was a tight game that could have gone either way and great credit to the visitors but a strong team performance from Marlborough to keep up their run.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough maintain unbeaten start to season with narrow win over Walcot

Walcot 17 - 22 Marlborough

Marlborough kept up their unbeaten start to their league campaign with a hard fought away win against Walcot.

A number of late drop outs, injuries and a suspension meant the team were short of a few regulars.  The starting team knew they were in for a tough afternoon.

The early exchanges saw Walcot on top at the set piece as Marlborough tried to find their rhythm.  Walcot took an early lead with a penalty before missing two more efforts.  Marlborough also missed a penalty opportunity.

With the home team forwards starting really well, the visitors looked to use their exciting back line to attack, a loose ball was picked up by Waisale Navunidakua who surged forward and set up winger Ratu Vuira.  The pacy winger was clear, out ran the defence and scored under the posts.  Garth Bari converted.

The pattern of the half continued with Walcot making some good hard yards and Marlborough keeping a high tempo looking to break out.  Walcot could have scored in the corner but for a try saving tackle by Will Turner.  As half time approached a good line out ball was by Matt Hamblin near the half way line, Will Grant span it out to Amori Nailago who beat the initial line of defenders and ran clear.  The Walcot chasing defenders managed to tackle him but Nailago was over the line and grounded the ball.  The conversion was missed and a half time score of 12-3.

At half time coach and prop Chris Budgen, urged his men to be patient and cut out the silly mistakes.  However, just after the half was started Marlborough suffered a yellow card for a swinging arm.  With a man advantage Walcot scored a converted try and got the score back to 12-10.

From the restart the visitors won a penalty but Bari's effort came back off the post.  The visitors kept up the pressure and stayed in their opponent's half.  From slow line out ball, Nailago set up his centres and Navunidakua broke to again put Vuira in space.  He beat the defenders and again scored under the posts.  Bari converted for 19-10.

The game then entered a tense final phase, an altercation between a number of players resulted in both teams being reduced to 14 men for ten minutes.  With both teams reduced to 7 in the scrum, Walcot took advantage of a big blind side to break and score a converted try.

The home team sensed a late victory but with time running out it was Marlborough who were on the attack. O ne penalty attempt was missed but a few minutes later another attempt was scored by Bari for 22-17 and shortly after the full time whistle went.

Next week sees a home game against Blandford and hopefully a few returning players

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Marlborough Rugby: Under-strength Marlborough turn on the power in second half to overcome Frome

Frome 10 - 20 Marlborough

An under-strength Marlborough team made their way down to Somerset on Saturday, hoping to protect their unbeaten league record.

The 1st half was closely contested, with both defences on top. Marlborough’s backs looked lively in open play, forcing Frome to concede several penalties at the ruck.

From one of these penalties, Garth Bari put Marlborough 3 points ahead after 23 minutes.  However, Frome went down to the other end straight from the kick-off, and their number 8 scored in the corner off the back of a 5-metre scrum.  With coach Chris Budgen coming on in the front row just after half-time, Marlborough started to dominate in the scrum.

Ten minutes into the 2nd half, quick handling off the back of a scrum gave Pita Robanakudava space out wide, and he rounded his man to score in the corner and put Marlborough back in the lead.  However, Frome continued to work hard, and were rewarded with their 2nd try in the corner following a quick attach by their back division.

With Marlborough’s forwards winning more ball, their backs kept running at the tiring Frome back-line and this paid off after 34 minutes when Amori Nailago went over out wide.  Nailago repeated the trick 5 minutes later, and a superb touchline conversion by James Clancy with the last kick of the game gave Marlborough a well-deserved but hard-fought 20-10 win.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough win an exciting game against Trowbridge to put themselves top of the league after 4 games

Marlborough 45 - 17 Trowbridge

The side from the common were keen for a league win after suffering a cup defeat at Trowbridge two weeks earlier.

The game started with the visitors playing down the slope and putting some early pressure on.  They kicked a penalty and continued to look well organised and certainly started the better side. Marlborough did manage to force their way up field and a good break by Ratu Vuira resulted in the ball reaching scrum half James Farrell who stepped the defender to go in and score.  Full back James Clancy kicking the conversion.  Trowbridge responded by once again putting pressure on and scoring a converted try of their own.

A controversial moment saw centre Russ Westcott, who annoying at himself for offside at a kick, swore to himself and was sent off for bad language.  Although down to 14 men the home team were starting to get a good foot hold in the game.  Farrell was supplying some great ball for outside half Amori Nailago who was making some excellent breaks.  The home team were now going forward and as the half went into injury time they kicked a penalty to make it 10 all.

The second half saw the Marlborough backs really open up and with some great ball being won they had a lot of attacking ball.  Waisale Navunidakua scored with a great running line to burst through the defence.  Avenai Cakaunitavuki scored wide out on the left wing again after some excellent midfield passing.  Props Lotu Ngungutau and Darius Hamilton also got in on the scoring with Navunidakua scoring a second.  Clancy kicked 5 second half conversions.  Trowbridge did get an interception try.

This was a superb all around display and some very exciting rugby.  The performances of Farrell and Nailago to keep the team going forward with great pace was outstanding and also the work of Sam Gouldbourn both in the line out and around the field.

Next week the team have a week off and so will train on Saturday.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough's lose narrowly in tough Cup battle with Trowbridge

Trowbridge 32 - 28 Marlborough

Marlborough lost a tough and competitve cup game against their league rivals Trowbridge.  Both teams had made winning starts to the season and Marlborough were looking at the game to give them selves a benchmark against the rest of the league and in particular the favourites to win the league.

As you would expect the early phases were physical with both teams eager to take control.  A clash of heads between Marlborough head coach and prop Chris Budgen and the Trowbridge hooker meant both men had cuts to the forehead that we patched up a number of times during the game.  Trowbridge missed an early penalty attempt but they kept the pressure on with some good phases of play on the visitors line. Eventually they dived over for a converted try.  Soon after Trowbridge kicked a penalty for a high tackle to take a 10-0 lead.  Marlborough were straight back at the home team and wing Ratu Vuira charged a clearance kick down and won the lose ball.  The ruck was won and James Farrell spun out a pass to Amori Nailago who went through a gap and in to score under the posts.  Garth Bari added the conversion.

Again Trowbridge came back at Marlborough and using the wind and slope were soon deep into the 22 and applying pressure.  They passed the ball out and for a moment it looked like Farrell had intercepted and was going to break out.  He was judged to be offside and the penalty was kicked for a 7-13 scoreline.  The home team were on top now and despite some excellent defence by all, in particular Jack Lynd who was leading his team by example, Trowbridge scored a converted try under the posts and a 20-7 lead.

As the half entered time added on for the blood injuries a further penalty to home team gave them a 23-7 lead.  Marlborough still had time to attack again and got some phases in the home team's 22.  After a number of rucks close to the line, Farrell passed out to Nailago and this time he span in the tackle to get over.  Bari converted and a 14-23 half time score.

Early in the second half the 2 teams exchanged penalties as the score moved onto 17-26.  Both sides were battling hard and the physical game continued. T he difference possibly being in the well drilled Trowbridge side against a rather more Barbarian style Marlborough team.  Both teams had penalties and the visitors closed the gap to 20-26.  A key moment in the game was when a late tackle by Nailago resulted in a yellow card.  Back chat by the other players then resulted in the ref advancing the penalty on and it was kicked.

A further penalty to the home team gave them a 32-23 lead and more than a score ahead.  Again Marlborough came back.  They had opportunities for break outs and Feiloaki Ngungutau was unlucky with a clever blind side break.  The Trowbridge defence was strong but as the game entered the last minutes a number of phases resulted in Lynd getting over, the conversion was missed and a score of 32-28.  Any hopes on a late score went as the final whistle went soon after the restart.

Any exciting and tough game. Good luck to Trowbridge in the semi final.

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