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Marlborough RFC - 2016-7 Season:

 

Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough squeak home by narrowest of margins in entertaining game at Blandford

Blandford 34 - 35 Marlborough

Marlborough won a very entertaining game with the last kick of the match.

The weather was very different to recent weeks.  It was good and conducive to good running rugby.

Marlborough put on good early pressure and took a 10-0 lead via a penalty after 5 mins from Garth Bari and then a try after 8 mins following a flowing backs move with Bari coming into the line from full back to finish it off.  Bari also converted.  Blandford immediately responded by converting a penalty from in front of the posts following an offside at the ruck that formed after the kick off.

After 15mins Michael Sims gathered a loose ball just inside the Blandford twenty-two and sped over in the corner, once again showing his great pace, the conversion was missed.  Blandford again responded, this time with a converted try after 20 mins, having taken advantage of some poor defensive organisation by the visitors.  Again a score came straight from the kick off, when the home team tried to clear the ball from their twenty-two, man of the match Sam Gouldbourn charged down and scored under the posts, Bari converted.

The pattern of score and then response continued as firstly Blandford got a penalty from a long way out after 25 mins.  And then scored from a driving maul after 27 mins and converted.  The half ended when Bari kicked a penalty on half time.

The second half saw Marlborough defending early Blandford pressure.  Jake Williams was off injured and James Clancy came on as replacement.  Gouldbourn, who was outstanding both going forward and in defence, and Inosi Laqekoro, running onto high balls and getting over the gain line, were the stand out players for the visitors.  Lemeki Moala having his first start for Marlborough also was excellent in the loose and made a huge impact in the scrums.

There was no score in second half until 60 mins, Avenai Cakaunitavuki broke through two tackles with a straight and very powerful run to core under the posts.  Clancy converted as Bari was down with an injury.  This made it 32 -20, then Marlborough then had a bit of a low point, crowd got behind Blandford and they scored two converted tries 65 mins driving maul, then a backs try 76mins just poor defending from Marlborough.

Finally with the game at 34-32 to the home team the visitors woke from their slumber.  Gouldbourn again won the restart and Marlborough played some really exciting rugby.  

Finally winning a 79th minute pen in front of the posts between the ten metre line and the twenty-two.  Bari converted.  The ref said there would be time the restart but it would be the final play.  Sam again won the ball and the visitors gratefully kicked it to touch.  For a very entertaining win.

The ref (who was excellent) said it was the best match he had ever refereed.

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Marlborough Rugby: Positive result from unconvincing performance

Marlborough 13 - 11 Walcot

On a bitterly cold afternoon and with snow on the ground, Marlborough put in an unconvincing performance but they dug deep to once again defend exceptionally well.

The Walcot pack had the upper hand in the scrums and this is something coaches Leo Tuliva and Lotu Ngungutau will be working on.  The lack of good ball and also the cold meant that there was not a lot of flowing rugby.

Centre Jamie Laing was moved to outside half and then scrum half as a number of unavailable players meant the regular half backs were missing.  Laing showed his strength to dive over at the base of a ruck to get the home sides only try of the game.  This was converted by Nathan Morgan.  Garth Bari also kicked two penalties.

The performance was certainly not one of the sides best but it is another win and the improvement in commitment and defence is clear to see.

Next week Marlborough travel to Blandford.

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Marlborough Rugby: Winning ways found again with a determined display

Marlborough 19 - 8 Frome

Marlborough won their first game in six with a determined second half defensive display in the rearranged match against a strong Frome side.  

The game was touch and go if it would start in the morning with a waterlogged pitch and it was always going to be heavy under foot, a contrast to the originally scheduled day when the pitch was too icy.  

The visitors got on the score board first with a penalty after 10 minutes.  Marlborough replied with some good phases of play in the forwards before some good passing put Russell Westcott into the corner to score.  Garth Bari got the conversion.

After 20 minutes a high clearance kick from Frome was caught on the run by Inosi Laqekoro, he stormed up the pitch before setting up the ball.  The forwards played a couple of good phases, before the ball was released to Michael SIms who again showed his pace to score.  This time the conversion was missed.

Once again Frome fought their way back into the game and scored an unconverted try of their own just after the half hour mark.  

As the first half was nearing completion, the home forwards again drove the ball forward.  Eventually Semisi Rasivo broke free and charged through a couple of tackles to score.  Bari converted for a 19-8 half time score.

The second half saw Frome applying lots of pressure but a determined defensive performance held them out for the whole half.  Marlborough lost Will Grant to a yellow card and then a red as he was guilty of some clumsy high tackles.  The rest of the team stepped up and showed coaches Leo Tuliva and Lotu Ngungutau's work on defence in training had worked well.

Marlborough gained a much needed win and look forward to the visit of Walcot next week.

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Marlborough Rugby: Poor overall performance by the visitors after a promising start

Trowbridge 43 - 20 Marlborough

Marlborough lose after a promising start.  Marlborough travelled to Trowbridge for their third encounter of the season.

This time honours went to the home team after what ended up as a poor performance for Marlborough.  The game started well with a penalty after just 2 minutes from James Clancy and then after a loose pass was picked up by Jake Williams the ball as passed out to Russ Westcott to feed Michael SIms who sprinted down teh wing to score.  Clancy converted and the score was 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

Things looked good but then some poor tackling started to cost the visitors.  Trowbridge were getting good phases of play and uses some strong lines of running.

They scored a couple of quick converted tries to lead 14-10. Marlborough were looking to attack but were guilty of losing the ball in contact areas and not protecting the ball at key times.  This was emphasised when once again they conceded an interception try.  This has happened in the last few games and forcing of passes at wrong times.  Trowbridge intercepted and ran through and despite a great chase by Michael Sims, Trowbridge scored and converted for 21-10.  Clancy did get a penalty but a a quick tapped penalty right on half time gave Trowbridge another score and a 28-13 lead.

Trowbridge added to their lead in the 10th minute of the 2nd half with a penalty. Marlborough then seemed to wake up and started to get some good phases.

The lineout which has started to work well gave good possession and the ball was moved out to Inosi Laqekoro, he once aqain made a good hard run and broke through some tackles, the ball was moved out and scrum half Jake Williams was in support to take the pass and run in to score.  Clancy converted for 31-20. Both teams now knew it was game on. Marlborough significantly raised their tackling and Trowbridge were applying lots of pressure.

After some great defence on their own line Marlborough eventually conceded and the conversion went over for 38-20. Marlborough did push hard to try to score but again a handling error meant a pass went to ground and again Trowbridge gathered the loose ball and ran in for another interception try.

A final score of 43-20 reflected a bad day for Marlborough, good in patches of the game but not for long enough.

Next Saturday is Frome at home in the rearranged game.

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Marlborough Rugby: resurgent second half performance nearly makes amends for poor first- half at Sherborne

Trowbridge 43 - 20 Marlborough

Marlborough lose after a promising start.  Marlborough travelled to Trowbridge for their third encounter of the season.

This time honours went to the home team after what ended up as a poor performance for Marlborough.  The game started well with a penalty after just 2 minutes from James Clancy and then after a loose pass was picked up by Jake Williams the ball as passed out to Russ Westcott to feed Michael SIms who sprinted down teh wing to score.  Clancy converted and the score was 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

Things looked good but then some poor tackling started to cost the visitors.  Trowbridge were getting good phases of play and uses some strong lines of running.

They scored a couple of quick converted tries to lead 14-10. Marlborough were looking to attack but were guilty of losing the ball in contact areas and not protecting the ball at key times.  This was emphasised when once again they conceded an interception try.  This has happened in the last few games and forcing of passes at wrong times.  Trowbridge intercepted and ran through and despite a great chase by Michael Sims, Trowbridge scored and converted for 21-10.  Clancy did get a penalty but a a quick tapped penalty right on half time gave Trowbridge another score and a 28-13 lead.

Trowbridge added to their lead in the 10th minute of the 2nd half with a penalty. Marlborough then seemed to wake up and started to get some good phases.

The lineout which has started to work well gave good possession and the ball was moved out to Inosi Laqekoro, he once aqain made a good hard run and broke through some tackles, the ball was moved out and scrum half Jake Williams was in support to take the pass and run in to score.  Clancy converted for 31-20. Both teams now knew it was game on. Marlborough significantly raised their tackling and Trowbridge were applying lots of pressure.

After some great defence on their own line Marlborough eventually conceded and the conversion went over for 38-20. Marlborough did push hard to try to score but again a handling error meant a pass went to ground and again Trowbridge gathered the loose ball and ran in for another interception try.

A final score of 43-20 reflected a bad day for Marlborough, good in patches of the game but not for long enough.

Next Saturday is Frome at home in the rearranged game.

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Marlborough Rugby: Rare high scoring draw at home against local rivals Devizes

Marlborough 33 - 33 Devizes

The early phases saw some scrappy phases of play as both teams tried to get the upper hand.  It was Devizes who got the first scores of the game with a converted try.  Marlborough responded with a try by Ratu Viura who was on for a blood replacement to scrum half Will Grant after a kick to the head.

However the visitors were making every effort to use the slope and kicking to corners.  A line out deep into the Marlborough 22 was lost and Devizes kicked through and although it looked like they knocked on the loose ball was gathered and the visitors scored.  The try was converted.

Five minutes later Devizes scored again, a kick through was fumbled and the loose ball was hacked on again for the visitors to take a 17-5 lead.  Coach Chris Budgen urged his men to cut out the mistakes and play simple rugby.

After an exchange of penalties, to make it 8-20, Marlborough finally started to show their attacking play.  Although the scrum was going backwards, number 8 Inosi Laqekoro picked up and made a good break.  The ball was moved out to Viura who drew the covering defence to pass inside to Tauyavu Bativagone to score.

Although the conversion was missed the home team were soon on the attack again and won a penalty in front of the posts which James Clancy kicked.  That appeared to be it for the half but in the last moments of the half Devizes worked the territory again and scored a converted try for a 16-27 half time score.

Marlborough were disappointed with themselves to have got back into the game and then gifted a try.

There were strong words at half time and also from non playing half backs James Farrell and Amori Nailago.

Now playing with the advantage of the slope Marlborough looked to try and close the points gap.  Wing Viura once again used his pace to make in roads into the Devizes defence.  After one run he was well tackled but a knock by the visitors gave a scrum which again Laqekoro picked up and drove forward, the phases developed and prop Lotu Ngungutau broke free, handed off the defence and scored.  Clancy converted for 23-27.

Marlborough had now raised their game.  A charging run by Bativagone again threatened, unfortunately he knocked on in the tackle.  The scrum resulted in a foot up free kick against Devizes.  Jake Williams who had moved to scrum half took a quick tap and surprised the defence to run in unchallenged.  Clancy converted for 30-27. Marlborough now led for the first time in the game.

However, instead of trying to close the game out, Marlborough again looked to attack at any chance, a mistake led to a ruck infringement and Devizes kicked the penalty.

The last 5 minutes were tense and number of penalties were being awarded.  Both sides had chances to score and some mistakes were made.  Clancy kicked a good penalty from wide out on the right to give a 33-30.

However, moments later they handled in the ruck to give Devizes a penalty that was also kicked to level at 33-33.

The draw was probably a fair result but the home side were left to rue the mistakes that were made.

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