Marlborough Under 15s 15-12 RWB Under 15s
Marlborough Under 15s had another hard fought league victory with a 15-12 win over Royal Wootton Bassett.
After a more one sided game earlier in the season, Bassett came with a strong squad and very keen to get a return victory. The game was played on a cold and wet day that was to make handling very difficult throughout.
Marlborough played down the slope to start and tried to get early territory and possession. There was some good early defensive work by Guy Kindlon
in particular as the side tried to correct some of the lapses the previous week. The ball was carried well but lack of numbers at the breakdown often meant loss of possession. Bassett were always looking to attack and were putting together some good phases of play and it was taking some good covering work by Oscar Banfield
and Edward Martin
to stop attacks. The home side did eventually manage to get some field position and a good ruck was won before Max Curnock spotted a gap and got over, he was able to get under the posts for the conversion.
looked to have scored in the corner to finish off a backs move but was adjudged to have made a double movement.
The half time score was 7-0
The second half was similar to the first with both sides finding ball handling difficult in the conditions. Joel Tawake's powerful running and good support play saw him capitalise on a good backs move and a break by Olly Adamson. The conversion was narrowly missed but still Marlborough had battled to a 12-0 lead.
Bassett then came back into the game and began to move the ball well, added to some missed tackles, they scored 2 tries and looked to be in the ascendancy. However, a good carry by Zaki Murray
set up field position and when Bassett conceded a penalty, Tom Bieneman
showed that practice pays off when he slotted a difficult and certainly a pressure kick. Bassett did attack again near the end but a good tackle by recently returning player Jack Davidson
saw the ball go into touch and 15-12 to Marlborough was the final score.
There was some lessons to learn and some tactical decisions to work on but credit to the boys who realise and understand what to change. It is all part of their development that they can recognise and hopefully react in future games. Well done to them all to battle out the win. Being able to change 6 players at half time can sometimes upset the flow but again it is testament to the squad that we had 21 players available.