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A Marlborough RFC player becomes one of Bath Rugby’s inspirational ambassadors

George HeardGeorge Heard

 

George Heard a member of the promotion winning Marlborough II’s team was announced recently as an ambassador for Bath Rugby’s new initiative ‘All Sorts  All Sports’ where those who have won against adversity get to tell their story on a national platform.

Two seasons ago, George nearly paid the ultimate price for the sport he loves and is passionate about.  He had received a hard tackle in a friendly game against Rosalyn Park, but didn’t think much about it.  The following week when the seconds were away to Frome he collapsed on the field.  He was rushed to hospital, underwent numerous x-rays but it wasn't until an MRI scan showed the problem - a massive amount of internal bleeding.  A critical life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgery.

The operation was a success and after spending w while in hispital he managed to make a full recovery and a year to the day was back on the pitch playing for Marlborough after having to learn to walk again.  Every day he had visitors from the Club, the RFU and Bath legend, Freddie Burns, spent a couple hours with George.  Freddie listened to George’s story as well as talking about his own injuries and how rugby and their love for the game would get them through – with help from the medical teams, their teammates and most of all their loved ones. 

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Marlborough Rugby: Seconds make history by being the first second team to gain promotion to D & W North 1

Marlborough II celebrate a very successful victory and seasonMarlborough II celebrate a very successful victory and season

 Marlborough II   63 - 15   Melksham

 

The league that Marlborough II will play in next season is the same that the First XV were playing four years ago.  Against Melksham Marlborough II’s scored a total of TEN tries on their way to making history for the Club last Saturday on the Common, emphatically defending their unbeaten home record by winning 63 points to 15 in their final league game of the 2018/19 season.

 

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Marlborough U13s Rugby: U13s complete weekend club double over Royal Wootton Bassett with a deserved victory to secure the Dorset and Wilts Plate

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Marlborough Mustangs U13s  35  -  25  Royal Wootton Bassett U13s

 

On a beautiful Sunday morning, the Marlborough Mustangs (the MRFC U13 boys’ team) took on Royal Wootton Bassett in a match that would determine the winners of this season’s Dorset and Wilts Plate Competition. 

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Resilient Marlborough too strong for Oxford Harlequins in tough battle on The Common

Craig Lewis neatly avoids a Harlequins tackleCraig Lewis neatly avoids a Harlequins tackle

Marlborough  27 - 13  Oxford Harlequins

 

After a narrow defeat to fellow promotion candidates Old Centralians last weekend, Marlborough hosted 9th placed Oxford Harlequins at The Common.  The last time the two sides met, Marlborough came out on top, albeit in a very competitive game.  The sun was shining, but the cold howling wind still meant hats and scarves for the fans.

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Marlborough Rugby: Skill, grit and togetherness see Marlborough against unbeaten Newbury on The Common

Mitieli Vulikijapani's diving over to scoreMitieli Vulikijapani's diving over to score

Marlborough  26 - 24  Newbury

 

Newbury Blues travelled to the Common as firm favourites.  Unbeaten all season, the Blues provided formidable opposition for Elisi’s men.  Marlborough who narrowly beat league strugglers Witney last week knew the importance of this tie in their push for a promotion spot.  The reverse fixture at Monks Lane was shaded by Newbury, but Marlborough would be seeking redemption.  On paper this was set to be a classic and the spectators were not disappointed.

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Marlborough Rugby: Under-strength side edged out by resilient Beaconsfield

Moree Nailago, Ben Fulton and Russell WestcottMoree Nailago, Ben Fulton and Russell Westcott

 

Marlborough  15 - 18  Beaconsfield

 

After winning a classic last week at high-flying Banbury, Marlborough had the chance to consolidate their position of third in the table at home to Beaconsfield today.  It was another typically soggy, damp and bitter cold January day up at The Common which provided the setting.

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Marlborough Rugby: Strong start to the New Year at home against Wimborne

Marlborough scrum half Will Grant waiting for the callMarlborough scrum half Will Grant waiting for the call

Marlborough  39 - 15  Wimborne

 

Marlborough kicked off, attacking towards the town and received an early wave of Wimborne pressure.  They had the ball camped for the first few minutes inside the Marlborough half.  However, Marlborough grew into the game.  On fourteen minutes the breakthrough arrived.  Jonty Kaywent over the line after a rather scrappy sequence of play, however the try was coming.  Will Grant provided a beautifully taken kick from thirty metres to convert the try. 7-0.

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Marlborough Rugby: Back on track with an entertaining victory over Salisbury

Todd Johnson scoring Todd Johnson scoring

Salisbury  28 - 41  Marlborough

 

On the first day of Advent, both sets of fans opened their doors to a magnificent game of rugby at Salisbury.  The sun was out, and the recent cold weather relented to provide perfect conditions for the players.  Marlborough, on the back of a home defeat to Royal Wootton Bassett felt this was a good opportunity to return to winning ways, despite a number of injuries causing selection complications.

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Marlborough Rugby: Blues for Marlborough at Newbury as winning run comes to a valiant end

Josaia Visei thunders through the Newbury defence from near the halfway line for Marlborough's 2nd tryJosaia Visei thunders through the Newbury defence from near the halfway line for Marlborough's 2nd try

Newbury 32  -  22  Marlborough

 

A bitter October afternoon at Monks Lane provided the setting for a superb game of rugby in the Wadworth 6X South West 1 East.  The cold wind and autumn drizzle only seemed to add to the excitement inside the ground, with the atmosphere energetic throughout.  Both sides had won all seven league games, with the Blues only ahead by a single bonus point, so something had to give and the crowd expected a very tight encounter.

 

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Marlborough Rugby: this time local rivals Chippenham to make it six out of six

Joe Visei breaks through an attempted tackle supported by Semisi Rasivo, Jake Williams and Henry WebsterJoe Visei breaks through an attempted tackle supported by Semisi Rasivo, Jake Williams and Henry Webster

Marlborough 36  -  21 Chippenham

 

Marlborough continued their excellent start to the season with a sixth win in a row and against another local rival, this time Chippenham.  The whole Club is enjoying their first ever time in Level Six and every week brings a new challenge and a Club that they've either never faced or not faced in a very long time.  As they go into each game, the squad know how much respect every team deserves and the physicality they bring, but are confident in the style of rugby they are trying to play.

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Marlborough Rugby: Ruthless Marlborough II steamroller Cricklade with impressive away performance


Sean Anderson carrying the ball with Adam Whatley to the left of himSean Anderson carrying the ball with Adam Whatley to the left of him

Cricklade  0 - 69 Marlborough II

 

Marlborough II made it three bonus-points wins from three in D&W North 2, thanks partly to four tries from Callum Hunt against Cricklade RFC.  Once Callum scored after some clinical passing Marlborough never looked back.  New to the Club this season, Callum, was one of six try scorers on the day with Curtis Dawkins, Harry Williams, Tommy Elbow, Patrick Campbell and Louis Haismanall going over the try line.  Unfortunately, Cricklade’s strategy of kicking possession to Marlborough was ruthlessly converted to points.

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Marlborough Rugby Club's unused playing kit reaches Tonga, courtesy of head coach Elisi Vunipola

Tonga's young players kitted out courtesy of Marlborough Rugby ClubTonga's young players kitted out courtesy of Marlborough Rugby ClubElisi Vunipola, Marlborough Rugby Club's first team coach arrived back in his homeland, Tonga for a well-earned end of season break but had two other special reasons to be there.  One was to be at his nephew's wedding - Billy Vunipola, England and Saracens No8 is going back home to marry his partner, but the other was to hand out the 50Kg of Marlborough Rugby playing kit flown over to the island for Tonga's many talented young rugby players.

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Resounding victory over local rivals Swindon to close a very successful season at the new higher level

Semisi Rasivo going for his trySemisi Rasivo going for his try

 Marlborough  34 - 24  Swindon

 

On a rich vein of form with five wins from six, Head Coach Elisi Vunipola’s men faced a struggling Swindon side in their last game of the 2018/2019 campaign.  The supporters enjoyed a feast of rugby, with the Firsts kicking off at 2.30pm and the Seconds kicking off their crucial game at 3.00pm.  It was a great weekend for Marlborough Rugby as the Colts also triumphed, this time at neutral Frome where they beat Yeovil Colts to win the Dorset and Wiltshire Colts Plate final by 23-7.

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Marlborough Rugby: Colts complete a successful weekend for Marlborough Rugby Club with victory in the Dorset & Wiltshire Colts Plate final

Marlborough's winning Colts team, 23-7 victors in the final against Yeovil ColtsMarlborough's winning Colts team, 23-7 victors in the final against Yeovil Colts

 Marlborough Colts   23 - 7   Yeovil Colts

 

On a chilly April Sunday afternoon (14 April) in neutral Frome Marlborough Colts triumphed 23-7 against a strong Yeovil Colts team to win the Dorset and Wiltshire Colts Plate final.  

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Old Centralians again prove too much for Marlborough

Jamie Pittams, Lemeki Moala and Semisi RasivoJamie Pittams, Lemeki Moala and Semisi Rasivo

Gloucester Old Centralians 24 - 19 Marlborough

 

With Spring in their steps after the amazing win over Newbury two weeks ago, Marlborough travelled over the border into Gloucester to face Old Centralians for the second time this season, this time they were the hosts.  Hopes were high that Marlborough could turn around the loss from earlier in the season when they visited the Common.

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Convincing victory over Stratford on The Common

Jamie Pittams takes on the Stratford defence supported by Ash HornerJamie Pittams takes on the Stratford defence supported by Ash Horner

Marlborough  44 - 0  Stratford-upon-Avon

 

Saturday’s fixture welcomed Stratford Upon Avon to The Common in grey, damp and miserable conditions.  After a brilliant team performance last time out at Salisbury, Marlborough were firm favourites to take the points in this tie. Stratford-Upon-Avon, who have only won one game all season would have to put in a top performance to challenge Marlborough.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough bought down to earth by top Wootton Bassett side

Avenai Cakaunitavuki attempts to break through the Bassett defence supported by Garth Bari and Tom WestAvenai Cakaunitavuki attempts to break through the Bassett defence supported by Garth Bari and Tom West

Marlborough  5 - 38  Wootton Bassett

 

On the back of a good team performance and win at Oxford Harlequins last week, Marlborough faced a Royal Wootton Bassett side in top form.  On a seven-game win streak, Bassett sat second in the table, two points above Marlborough.  The gloomy, grey and bitter weather was no problem for the crowd, who came out in numbers for the eagerly anticipated fixture and local derby.  Marlborough kicked off the first-half and were attacking the Town End.

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Marlborough Rugby: Last Gasp Old Centralians Try Steals the Points from Marlborough

Clean take in the line-outClean take in the line-out

Marlborough 24  -  26  Old Centralians

 

A weekend of brilliant rugby began with a fantastic game at The Common in a 50-point thriller, with kick-off half an hour before England’s first Autumn International.  Marlborough, looking for a bounce-back after losing their seven-game winning streak at Newbury last Saturday faced Old Centralians, fourth in the table, aiming to win again after thrashing Chippenham 47-3 last time out.

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Marlborough Rugby: Seven out of seven away at Witney

Joe Visei scores underneath the posts supported by Garth Bari and captain Jamie PittamsJoe Visei scores underneath the posts supported by Garth Bari and captain Jamie Pittams

Witney 12  -  40  Marlborough

 

Marlborough recorded their 7th win in 7 games with an away victory over Witney. This keeps them just behind league leaders Newbury Blues.  There were a number of positional changes due to unavailability for various reasons and also the returns of Garth Bari, Will Grant and Sam Gouldbourn. 

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough II run in eight tries against local rivals Devizes II


Serupepeu Niubasaga carrying the ball.Serupepeu Niubasaga carrying the ball.

Marlborough II  48 - 0  Devizes II

 

Marlborough II made it four bonus-points wins from four in the Wadworth 6X D&W 2 North In a typically charged match between two local Wiltshire sides.  Devizes were looking for their second league win and started the better out of the two.  Using organised forwards play to good effect, Marlborough  needed a powerful performance to overcome the initial pressure.  Of the eight tries scored Callum Hunt scored four witrh the others being taken by Louis Haisman, Nathan Morgan and Serupepeu Niubasaga at, who at 8, was dominant and he carried metre after metre all game, keeping the team going forward and linking well with the backs all afternoon. 


Devizes forwards play was effective for short periods, but when Marlborough’s defence forced them to make errors, Marlborough were  quick to take advantage, thus reflecting the final score line.

Callum has now scored a total of  eight tries in two games which is a fantastic achievement.  Viliame Waqanidrola tackling was awesome, maybe even a little intimidating to the opposition which helped win the match.

The boys have this Saturday off, the following Saturday they away to Frome.

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough's perfect start continues with victory over Banbury and the weather


Captain Jamie Pittams leaps high to secure line-out ballCaptain Jamie Pittams leaps high to secure line-out ball

Marlborough 21 - 12 Banbury 

 

Marlborough made it four wins from four to start their first ever season at level 6 and in terrible wet and windy conditions.  As most people know the weather can be bad on the Common and this was certainly one of those occasions.  The team like a fast and open running game, but this certainly was not what was faced on Saturday.  However, this season the team has certainly meant business and are excited and ready to meet all the challenges.

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