Calne Rugby travelled to Colerne RFC looking to return to winning ways in this D&W2N league match. In sunny but windy conditions Colerne started well as they looked to capitalise on Calne’s slow start. However, it would the visitors who would draw first blood as Calne’s forwards make their presence felt.
Shane McCafferty, Tom Morten (Captain) and Pete Brownlie were having their own way in the scrums and the lineout was another area where Calne’s dominance showed with Matt Kelly jumping well to spoil Colerne’s put in’s.
Veteran number 8 Alan Wicks was in fine form as he rolled back the years to score the first try of the afternoon.
From the restart Colerne worked hard to get back on terms and they didn’t have to wait long before a couple of missed tackles enabled them to burst through to score a converted try.
Calne, who had played in the SW cup final the previous week were not firing on all cylinders and met a Colerne side determined to get a win. Full Back Mark Webber put in a man of the match performance and put in a few great last ditch tackles to repel Colerne’s promising attacking play.
The match was highly competitive with both having their successes. Calne number 10 Brian Hopkins put in another great performance as he looked to use his skills to unlock a determined home defence to score. Matt Kelly and Rhys Taylor were equally dangerous with ball in hand and with the pack working well at set pieces it wasn’t long before the visitors would cross the line again, as centre Adam Young sliced through the advancing defensive line to score under the posts. (again, converted by Taylor).
Calne were then punished for a sliced clearance as Colerne were quick to react and bring themselves back within striking distance.
As the match progressed both sides locked horns and had opportunities to score but both defences stood strong. The next try would come from a break from a Colerne forward, who sprinted through a large gap in Calne’s defence and despite the efforts of winger Jay Watkin, touched the ball down to score.
Calne were then put under pressure from the restart but some good defensive work from Dan Oakford, Simon Walker and Webber kept the visitors in front.
The decisive try would come from some powerful running from prop Pete Brownlie, who crashed over the line much to the relief of his team mates. This put a bit of daylight between the sides and Rhys Taylor, Marcus Turner, Brian Hopkins and Adam Young continued to impress and look for openings.
With the score 14-26 the game was far from over as Colerne again mounted their own attack and made good ground. As the game drew to a close the home side made a break to score an unconverted try. Final score 19-26 in Calne’s favour.
Chairman Chris Austin commented: This was a tough, well fought game against a determined Colerne side. Im not sure if it was a hangover from last weeks cup final but we were not firing today but we have to give credit to Colerne, they played really well.
Player/Coach Alan Wicks was relieved with the win and said “ sometimes you win ugly and today was one of those wins”
Man of the match: Mark Webber