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Swindon coach delighted with 'outstanding' display
6:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
HEAD coach Sean Lynn was pleased to see his Swindon side take giant strides forward in their 40-18 home victory over Maidenhead.
The Greenbridge Road side hit their opponents hard in the first period as they went in at the break 33-6 up, but tailed off in the second-half as the visitors closed the gap slightly.
Lynn was pleased to see his side produce 40 minutes of flowing rugby having only done so for 20 minutes of their opening day win over Grove, but insisted they need to improve further in the coming weeks if they are to remain competitive in South West 1 East.
“This was an outstanding result and we are just building, last week we had a good 20 minutes and this week we had a good 40 and its just bringing it together for maybe 50 or 60 next week,” he said.
“Before the game what we had been working on was getting the basics right, and if we can do the basics well then we will look sharp and everything will click.
“Paul Wakefield and Tom Mannion both played very well and Paul in the centre gives us that go forward ball and as soon as you get that it makes things easy for myself and Adam Westall because it’s just an armchair ride from there really.
“The boys are all playing with a smile on their face and we just want to take that into next week’s game at Marlow and hopefully come away with another win.”
The home side were given the perfect start when centre Wakefield charged forward after only three minutes, and after he was held up on the edge of the Maidenhead 22 Lynn was able to pop the ball to fly half Westall who crossed for an easy try.
After the skipper converted his own try two Maidenhead penalties reduced the home lead to only a point, but number eight Tom Mannion soon skipped through the Maidenhead line for the second try of the game to extend the Swindon lead again.
It got better just before the half hour mark as some superb play between Wakefield, Mannion and hooker Ben Saville ended with Wakefield jinking through to score before Lynn stole the ball on the edge of the Maidenhead 22 to feed Wakefield for his second under the posts.
Swindon’s superb first-half display was capped just before the break when Mannion went over in the corner, and although Westall missed his first kick of the afternoon the home lead was 33-6 at the break.
The second-half was a much quieter affair with Maidenhead rarely threatening during the 40 minutes as Matty Allen completed the home scoring on 48 minutes as he went over in the corner after a good driving run from replacement centre Lloyd Thomas.
Maidenhead enjoyed a spell of possession at the end of the game, and added two tries in the final seven minutes from Mark Mueller and Jason Townsend but ultimately it was too little too late and the game ended 40-18 to a rampant Swindon.
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