Calne Rugby (sponsored by Bevirs Solicitors) hosted second placed Trowbridge 2XV without five of their regular players unavailable due to injury. The backline was reshuffled and regular flanker Chris McAlonan filled the number 10 jersey and Simon Hansen made a return on the wing.
During the early stages both teams looked to get the upper hand, testing out each other’s defence. Within 5 minutes Calne were awarded a lineout 10 metres from the Trowbridge line and the ever reliable Keith Bradley secured the ball to set up a driving maul and player/coach Alan Wicks, crashed over the line for the first try of the game.
From the restart Trowbridge mounted their own attack and quickly responded with some great hands, so score in the corner. And this would set the scene for a very exciting afternoon of rugby.
The next try would come from the home side as Chris McAlonan burst through and passed to the Adam Young who was supporting at pace to score under the posts.
High flying Trowbridge showed true grit and desire and were a constant threat with ball in hand as they again registered another try in a very entertaining first half hour where both teams secured a bonus point for scoring four tries.
Calne’s forward dominance was apparent as Pete Brownlie, Dave Evans and captain Tom Morten as they shoved the visiting pack off the ball on numerous occasions. In open play the Calne pack were causing Trowbridge issues at the breakdown with Matt Johnson and Alan Wicks aggressively competing for the ball.
The next try would come from a great bit of individual play by Jamie Palmer who collected the ball from Calne’s twenty-two and chipped over his opposite number from inside his own half to run on and score a great try.
With Trowbridge scoring another well worked try from their own kick and chase, it was always going to be a very close, open game. Another break from Calne which saw the player run ¾ of the length of the pitch, only to be tackled just short of the Trowbridge line, it was the supporting Liam Kearney, who picked the ball up and touched down to score.
In the second Half, both teams were confident of the win and the visitors were mounting promising attacks, only to find Calne fullback Mark Webber in great form and put in a number of try saving tackles and cleared well with his boot.
Calne’s next try would come from great work by Dave Evans and Alan Wicks who cleared a ruck and popped the ball to the rampaging Craig Harkess, who burst through the middle of the ruck to score.
Trowbridge responded again with a converted try and moments later, centre Adam Young got his second try from another great run where he beat a few desperate tackles to cross the whitewash.
Trowbridge responded again and edged in front with only a minute left to play. With the referee calling “last play”, Calne’s man of the match Adam Young broke the Trowbridge defensive line and offloaded to Simon Hansen who sprinted towards the corner and passed to the supporting Craig Harkess who scored his second try, under the posts. The conversion was slotted by Liam Kearney and the final whistle sounded with Calne winning 41-38 in a very entertaining match.