Calne Rugby (Sponsored by Bevirs Law) continued in their winning ways with a comfortable win away to Cricklade RFC.
In windy conditions that were not conducive to an expansive game, it was the visitors Calne who stuck to their game plan to prevail.
After some scrappy early exchanges Cricklade were awarded a penalty under the posts and the home side capitalised to go 3-0 up.
From the restart, Calne’s dominant pack worked hard to make yards as they slowly wore down their larger opponents. With captain Tom Morten starting on the bench, Shane McCafferty (loosehead), joined the ever reliable Dave Evans (Hooker) and Pete Brownlie in the front row.
In such poor conditions the scrum was going to play a big part in who would win this match and it was Calne’s pack who established control as the evergreen Alan Wicks controlled the ball well at the back of another advancing Calne scrum to score the first try of the afternoon. (Unconverted 3-5)
Cricklade stepped on the gas as they looked to get back on terms but they came up against a Calne side that settled quickly, stuck to their game plan and would not allow their opponents through.
Flankers Tom Frankham and Chris McAlonan competed well at breakdowns and it was McAlonan who swept blind at the back of a ruck, beat two tacklers to score Calne’s second unconverted try to make it 3-10 at half time.
The weather continued to cause both sides issues as the second half started with home side looking for an early score. But they were met by a resolute Calne defence with Rhys Davies, Jamie Palmer, Rob Merritt and man of the match Adam Young.
Calne attacked again but this time decided to use the backs to open up the Cricklade defence. Adam Young burst though and linked well with fellow centre Liam Kearney. From the resulting ruck five metres from the Cricklade line, the ball was passed through the backs before getting to returning winger Jamie Palmer who stepped back inside to score. (converted 3-17)
The visitors were now in control of the match on the scoreboard but Cricklade continued to put up strong resistance and performed well.
Calne’s number 9 Dan Treacy controlled the game well for Calne and put in some thumping tackles and supplied quick ball to Kearney and Young to cause damage.
Mark Webber put in a great performance both In defence and attack as he danced his way over the line to register his first try of the season to make it 3-22.
With ten minutes remaining Calne brought on Fred Mcauley, Tom Morten and Masi Ifereimi and it was Ifereimi who would score his first try for the club from a pop pass from Treacy on the five metre line, to crash over. The try was converted by Kearney to make it 3-29 to the visitors who remain undefeated in Dorset & Wilts 2 North with maximum (bonus) points.