Calne Rugby (sponsored by Bevirs Solicitors) booked their place in final of the 1XV plate with 54 unanswered points away to Dinton RFC.
Calne were favourites going into the game but it took the visitors some time to settle into the game as Dinton attacked with enthusiasm from the start. Calne front row consisting of captain Tom Morten, Dave Evans (hooker) and Pete Brownlie were dominant in the scrums as they drove Dinton’s pack backwards to keep the visitors on the front foot.
At the breakdown Calne were equally as effective with Evans and Brownlie again making their presence felt. Chris McAlonan and George Fryer repelled numerous attacks from the home side which gave scrum-half Dan Treacy the platform to release Rhys Taylor who tormented the Dinton defence at every opportunity.
Calne Captain Tom Morten scored the first try as he broke through some desperate tackling to crash over the line and this set the scene for the rest of the afternoon as Dinton were unable to contain a dominant Calne. The second try came from a powerful charge by Dave Evans and then it was Matt Kelly’s turn as he intelligently took a quick penalty, dummied and burst through the gap to score under the posts. Rhys Taylor was kicking well as the scoreboard reached 0-20 at half time.
Dinton had used up a lot of energy in defence and paid the price in the second half as Calne went through the gears. Number 8, Alan Wick when controlled the ball at the back of a scrum as the pack drove Dinton back over their try line before Wicks touched down to score.
The home side did their upmost to register a score of their own but some great defensive play from Keith Bradley and fullback Mark Webber kept the visitors from conceding a point for a second consecutive match.
Simon Walker came on a sub to score a well worked try. Winger Jamie Palmer had another solid game and was rewarded for his efforts as he scored in the corner. As the game drew to a close Calne made two substitutions which saw brothers Rhys and Cameron Davies join the action. Cameron’s first touch and carry smashed through Dinton’s tiring defence as he scored within a minute of coming onto the pitch. Final score. Dinton 0 – Calne Rugby 54.
Calne’s chairman Chris Austin was pleased with the result which see’s Calne progress to the final and said “It’s fantastic for the club to get into a cup final. It gives everyone a real lift and we will now turn our attentions to our next league fixture (this Saturday away to Melksham). We have a great group of lads at Calne who are willing to go that extra mile for each-other and I am sure they will give it their all in the final”.