Westbury vs Calne

Recap

Calne Rugby travelled to Westbury RFC looking to secure a third victory over their hosts. As many of the spectators feared, the heavens opened as the game kicked off which resulted in an often scrappy affair as both sides struggled to hold onto the ball. Calne, who had made a number of changes to their starting lineup quickly established control in the forwards as captain Tom Morten opened the scoring from a driving maul from ten metres out. This set the scene for much of the first half, with both packs battling it out in touch conditions. The game was, as expected, highly competitive with Westbury looking dangerous with some well organised attacks. But it was the visitors who would score again after some fantastic work from centres Marcus Turner and Adam Young. This time it was scrum half Matt Kelly who was confidently bossing the game for the visitors who crashed over to give Calne some breathing space. Making a return the the front row, Tom Storm had a solid game in attack and defence and Chris McAlonan made some probing runs from the number 10 position. The ever reliable Calne full-back Mark Webber once again repelled numerous Westbury attacks and took on the kicking duties off the tee, which he did with great success.

After a well worked try from Westbury, Calne stepped up the pace and after some good link up play between Adam Young and Marcus Turner, it was Cameron Davies who made a powerful run, holding off numerous attempts to tackle him to score under the posts. Webber again converted.

Bruce Harper and Keith Bradley were once again causing problems for their opponents at the line out and often stole opposition ball. Calne started to turn the screw on their hosts as winger Jay Watkin made a burst down the touchline and evaded some desperate tackles before scoring in the corner.

But Westbury again came back at Calne and some great defending from Marcus Turner, Pete Brownlie, Tom Storm and Mark Webber kept Calne in the in the driving seat.

Calne’s secured a bonus point on the brink of half time after Young broke through to unleash Marcus Turner to score in the corner. The conversion followed (off the post) by Webber and as the rain stopped, the visitors had a commanding bonus point lead of 7-33.

At half time Calne made a few changes which saw the introduction of James Williams (prop) and John Redding (wing) and both got straight into the action as Westbury were eager to claw back Calne’s lead.

The second half was a much tighter affair with Calne having to defend for long periods of time. Cameron Davies and brother Rhys Taylor were in fine for both in attack and defence and Bruce Harper covered every blade of grass to disrupt any threat from Westbury. However, it was the home side who were next to cross the try line to score an unconverted try of their own.

However, Calne defended well and were unlucky not to score another themselves as the game ended 12-33. Man of the match : Marcus Turner.

Calne Rugby travelled to Westbury RFC looking to secure a third victory over their hosts. As many of the spectators feared, the heavens opened as the game kicked off which resulted in an often scrappy affair as both sides struggled to hold onto the ball. Calne, who had made a number of changes to their starting lineup quickly established control in the forwards as captain Tom Morten opened the scoring from a driving maul from ten metres out. This set the scene for much of the first half, with both packs battling it out in touch conditions. The game was, as expected, highly competitive with Westbury looking dangerous with some well organised attacks. But it was the visitors who would score again after some fantastic work from centres Marcus Turner and Adam Young. This time it was scrum half Matt Kelly who was confidently bossing the game for the visitors who crashed over to give Calne some breathing space. Making a return the the front row, Tom Storm had a solid game in attack and defence and Chris McAlonan made some probing runs from the number 10 position. The ever reliable Calne full-back Mark Webber once again repelled numerous Westbury attacks and took on the kicking duties off the tee, which he did with great success.

After a well worked try from Westbury, Calne stepped up the pace and after some good link up play between Adam Young and Marcus Turner, it was Cameron Davies who made a powerful run, holding off numerous attempts to tackle him to score under the posts. Webber again converted.

Bruce Harper and Keith Bradley were once again causing problems for their opponents at the line out and often stole opposition ball. Calne started to turn the screw on their hosts as winger Jay Watkin made a burst down the touchline and evaded some desperate tackles before scoring in the corner.

But Westbury again came back at Calne and some great defending from Marcus Turner, Pete Brownlie, Tom Storm and Mark Webber kept Calne in the in the driving seat.

Calne’s secured a bonus point on the brink of half time after Young broke through to unleash Marcus Turner to score in the corner. The conversion followed (off the post) by Webber and as the rain stopped, the visitors had a commanding bonus point lead of 7-33.

At half time Calne made a few changes which saw the introduction of James Williams (prop) and John Redding (wing) and both got straight into the action as Westbury were eager to claw back Calne’s lead.

The second half was a much tighter affair with Calne having to defend for long periods of time. Cameron Davies and brother Rhys Taylor were in fine for both in attack and defence and Bruce Harper covered every blade of grass to disrupt any threat from Westbury. However, it was the home side who were next to cross the try line to score an unconverted try of their own.

However, Calne defended well and were unlucky not to score another themselves as the game ended 12-33. Man of the match : Marcus Turner.

Chairman and sub Chris Austin commented: It was another tough game against Westbury, we already expect a good battle when we play here and they didn’t disappoint. The weather didn’t disappoint either,it seems to always rain when we play here! The first half downpour made conditions tricky for both sides but there was still some good running rugby played out there today. We welcomed a few players back into the team today and everyone put their bodies on the line. This is typical of our season, everyone gives it their all and we all play for each other and our great town. We now look forward to playing Cricklade RFC this coming Saturday at the Rec.

Details

Date Time League Season
4th March 2017 3:00 pm League 2016-2017

Venue

AWAY

Results

TeamPoints
Westbury12
Calne Rugby33

Westbury

Position T C P DG
 0000

Calne Rugby

Position T C P DG
 0000

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