Calne Rugby (sponsored by Bevirs Solicitors) warned up for their SW Cup final this coming Saturday with a thumping 54-7 win against Cricklade RFC on Vice presidents day at the Rec.
The game started with both teams looking for an early score and tackles were flying in during the early exchanges. Calne’s bigger pack took early control with captain Tom Morten and Pete Brownlie working well at set pieces and at the breakdown.
Number 8 Bruce Harper was a constant threat from the back of the scrum and put in some crunching tackles to repel any threat to the Calne defence.
Scrum half Dan Treacy controlled the game well and linked well with Rhys Taylor as the home side looked for the opening score. Winger Jay Watkin was in fine form as he broke through to score much to the delight of the home support. Liam Kearney stepped up to slot the conversion.
From the restart Cricklade attacked with purpose and were quickly back on level terms as their back line cut through to get a converted try.
However, Calne looked unfazed and stepped up their game to establish control. Fullback Mark Webber was a rock in defence and showed creativity in attack. The next try would come from another dangerous run from Jay Watkin who duly scored his second of the afternoon.
Further tries followed from Tom Morten, Mark Webber, Dan Treacy, Cameron Davies and brother Rhys Davies secured an impressive 54-7 win over a game Cricklade side.
Chris McAlonan put in another man of the match performance with Liam Kearney and Marcus Turner also impressing.
Calne can now look forward to one of the biggest days in the clubs history this Saturday 18th March when they take on Spartans RFC from Gloucester in the South West vase final. Kicking off at 2pm at the Calne Recreation Ground. A win would see Calne win their third trophy of the season and progress to the semi final of the national cup with the winner booking their place in the national final at Twickenham.
Calne Chairman Chris Austin commented: We knew Cricklade would take the game to us and they are a good side who have had a good season. We are in a good place right now and ready for the cup final this coming Saturday. I understand Spartans will be bringing over 100 spectators to the Rec so it would be great to get lots of home support to cheer us on!