Cents had another drama filled match in their latest victory over a strong and skilful Marlborough side making their first ever visit to the Stade de Bridge.Cents had never played Marlborough at home before and the only time we had played each other was earlier in the season when Cents snatched a late victory away from home.
This match was a great game to watch, played between two hard hitting sides who liked to attack from everywhere on the field.Although their were plenty of big hits all over the field the match was played in the right spirit by two sides who wanted to play rugby and in fairness they were evenly matched.Over the course of the two matches this season there was not much to chose between the two clubs even though Cents won both of them.
Right from the start both sides attacked each other with both defences up for it and this was to be the way the game would go and during the opening quarter Cents lost their influential Fly half Darragh McNamara with concussion and he was replaced by Wayne Mulhern.Cents were already missing their regular hooker Nathan Stroud who broke his hand playing at Chippenham and Flanker Jack Rowe stood in for him.
Cents were the first to score when Full back Alex Cox superbly finished off a good attack by the home side and this try was converted by Wayne Mulhern.Marlborough responded with two tries one converted and they led 7-12,the second try was an excellent solo score by their fullback
who waltzed his way through the Cents defence,the only time the home side were caught sleeping.Cents pulled back three points when Wayne Mulhern converted a penalty, however Marlborough increased their lead when they scored a penalty try just before half time when Cents were penalised for scrum infringements on their try line.
Score at half time 10-19 to Marlborough who just about deserved their lead because they took their chances and Cents did not.The only area of the match Cents struggled at, at times was at the scrum where Marlborough's big pack held sway for long periods.However both sides were playing some good rugby keeping both sets of fans on their toes in this exciting match.
The score remained 10-19 to Marlborough until the last ten minutes when Cents scored a penalty try themselves given for a dangerous tackle when Cents were about to score a try.Score 17-19 to Marlborough and for the half an hour before this score the match had seen both sides going at each half with no quarter seen between the sides.However in the last minutes Cents scored their winning try through Ryan Townsend who finished off a fine attacking move started by Rob Winchle who powered through the Marlborough defence. The try was converted by Wayne Mulhern for a score line of 24-19 to Cents and the finish was a repeat of the match at Marlborough.
This was a classic match to watch with both sides giving their all and it was played in the right spirit despite the big hits in defence.