Calne Rugby hosted Bath Saracens on Saturday looking to bounce back from last weeks away defeat and win at home on their Vice Presidents day.
Bath Saracens, who had issues with player availability were forced to start the game with uncontested scrums and during the early exchanges the visitors looked to start quickly to unsettle their opponents.
Calne soon established control as prop Pete Brownlie and Dave Evans smashed holes in the Bath defence to give scrum half Dan Treacy a solid platform to release the backs. Rhys Taylor was again in fine form and danced his way around some desperate tackling to score. This would set the scene for the afternoon as Calne continued to cross the Saracens try line. Calne Winger Jamie Palmer scored for the second game in a row and full back Mark Webber scored a brace as the home side effectively won the game within the first 40 minutes.
Bath Saracens started the second half positively and should have scored a try themselves, but the final pass did not match the quality of the build-up play.
Calne attacked again with Matt Johnston, Dan Oakford and Alan Wicks working hard to secure ball at the breakdown. Centre Marcus Turner and winger Jay Watkin always looked dangerous in attack as the scoreboard ticked over much to the delight of the supporting Vice Presidents. The final score of the game was scored by Liam Kearney as he dived over the line. Final score 54-0
Calne now prepare to face Dinton RFC in the semi-final of the 1XV plate next Saturday and chairman Chris Austin was quietly optimistic. “It was a bit disjointed at times because we made some changes in the backs that took a while to gel. But going forward, we looked dangerous I am sure the best is yet to come. Our cup semi-final game this Saturday is something we are looking forward to and to get to a final will give the club a real boost. We are also looking to build a development squad (a 2XV) before the end of this season so if you are interested in playing social rugby with a great bunch of lads without the pressure to play week in, week out then visit www.calnerugby.com and get in touch for further details. At only £25 playing membership per season what do you have to lose?