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Minchinhampton
Cheltenham Civil Service
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - Gloucester 2 Full time

Dominant Minch 1st XV win v CCS

Minchinhampton made it two bonus point wins from two at home this season with a convincing win over Cheltenham Civil Service.

In good conditions at Hollybush, Minchinhampton set an early marker with a 60 metre break from Bradley Gardiner straight from the kick off. They kept up the momentum and after Gardiner supplied the final pass, Sean Price made it over the line for an early score. Determined to cash in on a strong start, Minchinhampton carried strongly through the forwards and halfbacks Jake Muskett and Josh Lister controlled the game, mixing up the tight phases with width and expansive moves. Concerted pressure led to a second try with number 8 Will Pullen taking a quick tap penalty and squirming his way over the line, closely followed by a third when centre Sam Viggers crashed through the defensive line and touched down under the posts.
Civil Service then showed some resilience and battled their way into the game. They kicked well for territory and ran hard at the midfield but some excellent defensive work, highlighted by a superb try saving tackle from Tom Jenns when a score seemed inevitable, kept them at bay and gave Minchinhampton a good lead at half time.
It was more of the same at the start of the second half as a series of breaks and offloads worked Man of the Match Pullen into the corner for a second try and a bonus point. Civil Service rallied at this point and replied with a well worked try and followed it up with a second after a penalty try was awarded for collapsing a maul close to the line and also resulted in a yellow card, leaving Minchinhampton with 14 men.
Despite the defecit, the men of Hollybush put together a fine back line move to work Jenns into space to score a very impressive try. Not to be outdone by the backs, the forwards followed it up with one for the purists. An unstoppable maul from a Dan Wood lineout win rolled over the line at pace and ended in a try awarded to flanker Niall Kimber. It was one that he will undoubtedly credit to the front five for their sterling work. That ended an excellent afternoon’s work for the green, white and blacks and leaves them buoyant heading into a two week break before the next match.
Despite the deficit, the men of Hollybush put together a fine back line move to work Jenns into space to score a very impressive try. Not to be outdone by the backs, the forwards followed it up with one for the purists. An unstoppable maul from a Dan Wood lineout win rolled over the line at pace and ended in a try awarded to flanker Niall Kimber. It was one that he will undoubtedly credit to the front five for their sterling work. That ended an excellent afternoon’s work for the green, white and blacks and leaves them buoyant heading into a two week break before the next match.

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Aretians
13
12
Ross-On-Wye
60
0
Tewkesbury
21
24

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Ross-On-Wye 16 79
2. Smiths Rugby 16 70
3. Bream 16 46
4. Ashley Down Old Boys 16 46
5. Broad Plain 16 43
6. Minchinhampton 16 42
7. Bristol Aeroplane Co. 16 33

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