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Late Dickens try gives Supermarine victory in the Vase
SCRUM-HALF Matty Dickens grabbed a dramatic winning try with the final play of the game as Supermarine beat Melksham 17-14 in the first round of the Dorset & Wilts Senior Vase The South Marston side performed well during the opening minutes of the game to lead 10-0, but after their fellow Dorset & Wilts 1 North side battled back to make it 10-7 at the break they scored again quickly after the interval to take a 14-10 lead.
Marine continued to press with time ticking down, and after the visiting pack pushed their hosts off the ball at a scrum they were able to work the ball across the line before Dickens scampered home to spark wild celebrations.
Supermarine head coach Sean Millwaters was impressed with what his side were able to produce but admitted if the outcome was decided on possession and territory Melksham deserved to win.
“It was always going to be tough for us because Melksham will be there or there abouts and it was a really good tester for us,” he said.
“They play typical Dorset & Wilts 1 rugby which is very hard up front and taking the ball to you, and they want to commit you so they can outnumber you before they move the ball.
“We went in knowing it would be hard because we have a new style of play which may take a little while to bed in.
“In the first 20 minutes we blew them away to lead 10-0 and to be honest I think we were one try away from pulling them apart and their body language had gone.
“They didn’t know how to deal with us and for the want of two or three poor last passes we couldn’t get over and they woke up a little and scored a try against the run of play through the forwards.
“They scored again after the break and at that point we really had to test our own metal because previously we probably would have just caved in, but we drew a line in it and started playing again.
“On territory maybe Melksham deserved to win it but our defence was excellent because we soaked up the pressure and held them up twice, before driving them off the ball and scoring the winner.”
Millwaters was also impressed with his side’s spirit during the game as they all mobbed Dickens following his winning try.
“When Matty scored the try the whole team were in on him celebrating, whereas in days gone by it would have been a few handshakes and then back to the middle,” he said.
“We needed a spark and we got it right at the end, and the way we have been training as a team and developing a team spirit has been excellent.
“The team wanted to win, and that’s such a big positive ahead of the start of the league season.”
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