First Team Miss Out in Tewkesbury
Minch travelled to Tewkesbury RFC looking to consolidate their 5th place position in the league.
With a few changes due to injury and some carrying knocks the game started slowly, once the lungs were cleared and the set piece started to dominate Minch took control. Playing close to 15 phases and moving the big Tewkes pack around the field, space was created for winger Ben Jones to score out wide ably converted by No 10 Jake Muskett, 0-7 on 7 mins. This spurred the home side on, instantly putting the Minch line under pressure. An excellent turnover 1 yard short kept Tewkesbury out. The clearing kick missing touch and the Tewkwsbury backs attacked, hands in the ruck allowed them to reduce the score to 3-7. With Tewkesbury now gaining the upper hand at the breakdown the penalty count against minch started to add up. Poor discipline eventually cost minch, a 5 meter lineout driven over by Tewkes. 5 – 7. The next 10 minutes of defence tested Minch but they held firm. Some slick hands and line breaks from the Minch pack moved them towards the Tewkes try line, resulting in Captain and prop Sean Price crashing over for his 5th of the season. 25 mins, 10 -14 to Minch. The remainder of half was a series of attacks from Minch only for a knock on or stray pass stopping them extending their lead, half time 5-14.
The half time chat did Tewkesbury some favours, the re-start returned and 2 phases later the hosts scored, 12-14. From the re-start once again Minch were adjudged rather harshly for going off their feet, and a long kick put Tewkesbury on the Minch 5 meter line. Several phases lead to mid field penalty for Tewkes, taking the lead for the first time 15-14, 50n mins gone. For a period Minch maintained possession and controlled the ball just to be undone for not releasing at the breakdown, despite 3 turnovers at the lineout and 2 at the scrum Minch were unable to score. A series of tit for tat attacks ended with another Tewkesbury penalty extending their slender lead to 18-14, 70 mins gone. Minch threw everything at the home side, going close but just falling short. The game finished at 18-14 to Tewkesbury, with Minch left to reflect on a game they could of, based on possession, territory, stats and chances they probably should of won.