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Marlborough Rugby: Another grey day on the Common, but the youngsters are a ray of sunshine

Taufa'ao Filise, Marlborough's Player Coach powers through the Oxford defenceTaufa'ao Filise, Marlborough's Player Coach powers through the Oxford defenceMarlborough 25  -  34 Oxford Old Harlequins

 

After a two-week break (should only have been one, but the weather wasn’t playing nicely) the first XV were back on the Common and the opposition was from over the border – Oxford Harlequins.  Sadly, it was a rather depleted Marlborough side that was put out due to the accumulation of injuries which have been sustained by the Marlborough squad.  Three of the lads managed to injure themselves at training – not very helpful.

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Marlborough Rugby: Narrow defeat to league leaders who maintain 100% record

One very happy Lemeki Moala scoring Marlborough's one and only tryOne very happy Lemeki Moala scoring Marlborough's one and only try

 Marlborough 13 - 17 Banbury

 

On Saturday, Marlborough hosted league leaders Banbury on the Common and the hope was that the home side could upset Banbury’s stranglehold on the league.  With the sounds of screams from the ride goers echoing up from the Mop on the High Street, the game began.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough bounce back with emphatic victory over Trowbridge

Marlborough captain Jack Lynd goes over to score early in the matchMarlborough captain Jack Lynd goes over to score early in the match

 Marlborough 50 - 7 Trowbridge

 

On Saturday (21 September) Marlborough had a point to prove after the dismal result from the previous week when they had gone down to Sherborne and were given a rude awakening.  The weather was stunning on the Common as Summer was slowly giving way to Autumn.
 

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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 juniors can now train later thanks to grant for new floodlights

New floodlights in action on The CommonNew floodlights in action on The CommonTraining outside on the pitch for the Juniors at Marlborough Rugby Football Club stops when it gets dark, or has done up until now.   Thanks to a generous Community Youth Grant from the Marlborough Area Board, the Club has been able to purchase portable floodlights to enable training to continue later during the dark winter months. 

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Close run and gritty victory over Wimborne helped by Marlborough players who have risen through the ranks

Successful Marlborough team before Saturday's match at WimborneSuccessful Marlborough team before Saturday's match at Wimborne

Wimborne 32 - 37 Marlborough

 

On Saturday, Marlborough made their way down to Wimborne on the back of a good win over Trowbridge the previous week and opened the scoring after the first five minutes of play with an impressive long-range penalty kick from Will Grant in testing conditions, 3-0.  Within three minutes Wimborne struck back with a converted try following some poor defending by the visitors.  The score was now 7 -3 to the home side.

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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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Rugby playing kids in Tonga will now grow up in Marlborough kit

Marlborough Rugby Club's Director of Coaching Elisi Vunipola with one of the piles of surplus kit to be sent to TongaMarlborough Rugby Club's Director of Coaching Elisi Vunipola with one of the piles of surplus kit to be sent to TongaTonga and Marlborough have developed strong rugby links in recent years and now Marlborough Rugby Football Club is actively supporting the young players of Tonga by sending back much needed rugby kit.

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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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