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1st XV - Match centre

Witney
Marlborough
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Tries
L Moala, J Visei, G Bari, P Robanakadavu, A Cakaunitavuki, E Kotobalavu
Conversions
W Grant (5)
Sat 20 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X South West 1 East Full time

Marlborough make it 7 of the best

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Seventh straight win in new league

Marlborough recorded their 7th win in 7 games with an away victory over Witney. This keeps them just behind league leaders Newbury. 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.
The game started well with good early pressure as the visitors moved to within 5 metres of the Witney try line. Avenai Cakaunitavuki passed the ball out to Lemeki Moala who took the high pass, dummied and drove for the line. The defence couldn't stop him and with Will Grant kicking the conversion, Marlborough were 7-0 up. The second try was set up from a ruck in a similar position that had led to the first, this time scrum half Jake Williams passing to Joe Visei who ran in under the posts, Grant again converting. It only 2 minutes for the third try as Visei won a loose ball and got the ball to Moala, he passed to Grant who had cut a good line. He handed off the defender and was through, then rounded the cover defence and sprinted up field, eventually he was tackled just 5 meters short of the line. The support was there immediately and Epeli Kotobalavu quickly moved the ball to Garth Bari who dived over under the posts. Grant again converted. That was 21-0 after 23 minutes. It was to be 28 points in 31 minutes when another quick attack, saw outside half Tom West get the ball out to Grant and he moved it onto Pita Robanakadavu. He then beat a number of men before getting over the line. Grant added the extras. The away team had been dominant to this point and the set piece ball constantly giving them good attack positions. This changed when captain Jamie Pittams got a yellow card and with the man advantage Witney applied a lot of pressure. Despite some great defence, the pressure told and Witney eventually scored a converted try of their own with the last score of the half . Half time 28-7
Witney started the second half as they had finished the first and immediately were on the attack and they scored early into the half. The score was 28-12 and a home team come back looked to be mounting. However, this changed when a good pass from Williams was gathered by Visei to take the tackle and off load to Cakaunitavuki. He then ran in 20 meters to score in the right hand corner. Grant missed the conversion. The final score of the game came on the hour mark when a good line out move saw Inosi Laqekoro take the ball and off load to Kotobalavu to run over unopposed. The conversion by Grant gave the final score of 40-12.

Next week sees the visit to league leaders Newbury for a much anticipated and exciting encounter.

Key moments

7:00
Try Lemeki Moala scores for Marlborough
8:00
Conversion Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
21:00
Try Joe Visei scores for Marlborough
22:00
Conversion Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
23:00
Try Garth Bari scores for Marlborough
24:00
Conversion Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
31:00
Try Pita Robanakadavu scores for Marlborough
32:00
Conversion Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
39:00
Try Try for Witney
39:00
Conversion Conversion for Witney
42:00
Try Try for Witney
51:00
Try Avenai Cakaunitavuki scores for Marlborough
60:00
Try Epeli Kotobalavu scores for Marlborough
61:00
Conversion Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough

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61:00 Conversion 12 - 40
Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
60:00 Sub On
Sam Gouldbourn is substituted on for Marlborough
60:00 Sub Off
Henry Webster is substituted off for Marlborough
60:00 Try 12 - 38
Epeli Kotobalavu scores for Marlborough
52:00 Missed Conversion
Will Grant misses a conversion for Marlborough
51:00 Try 12 - 33
Avenai Cakaunitavuki scores for Marlborough
50:00 Sub Off
Jamie Pittams is substituted off for Marlborough
50:00 Sub On
Jack Lynd is substituted on for Marlborough
42:00 Try 12 - 28
Try for Witney
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 2 - 28
Conversion for Witney
39:00 Try 7 - 28
Try for Witney
36:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Pittams is yellow carded for Marlborough
32:00 Conversion 0 - 28
Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
31:00 Try 0 - 26
Pita Robanakadavu scores for Marlborough
24:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
23:00 Try 0 - 19
Garth Bari scores for Marlborough
22:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
21:00 Try 0 - 12
Joe Visei scores for Marlborough
8:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Will Grant kicks a conversion for Marlborough
7:00 Try 0 - 5
Lemeki Moala scores for Marlborough
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As it happened

  • Witney
  • Marlborough
  • 0
  • Lemeki Moala Try 7:00'
  • Will Grant Conversion 8:00'
  • Joe Visei Try 21:00'
  • Will Grant Conversion 22:00'
  • Garth Bari Try 23:00'
  • Will Grant Conversion 24:00'
  • Pita Robanakadavu Try 31:00'
  • Will Grant Conversion 32:00'
  • Jamie Pittams Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Conversion 39:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Jack Lynd Sub On 50:00'
  • Jamie Pittams Sub Off 50:00'
  • Avenai Cakaunitavuki Try 51:00'
  • Epeli Kotobalavu Try 60:00'
  • Henry Webster Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Gouldbourn Sub On 60:00'
  • Will Grant Conversion 61:00'

Team selection

Robanakadavu, Pita Robanakadavu, Pita
Grant, Will Grant, Will
Bari, Garth Bari, Garth
Cakaunitavuki, Avenai Cakaunitavuki, Avenai
Caravou, Ben Caravou, Ben
West, Tom West, Tom
Williams, Jake Williams, Jake
Laqekoro, Inosi Laqekoro, Inosi
Johnson, Todd Johnson, Todd
Visei, Joe Visei, Joe
Pittams, Jamie Pittams, Jamie
Webster, Henry Webster, Henry
Moala, Lemeki Moala, Lemeki
Kotobalavu, Epeli Kotobalavu, Epeli
Ngungutau, Lotu Ngungutau, Lotu

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Newbury Blues 26 123
2. Old Centralians 26 101
3. Banbury 26 98
4. Marlborough 26 97
5. Royal Wootton Bassett 26 79
6. Beaconsfield 26 65
7. Salisbury 26 62

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