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Swindon dedicate win to prop's father
SWINDON dedicated their victory to prop Michael Fitchett’s late father Adrian after destroying Reading 56-24 at Greenbridge Road.
Adrian passed away last week but his family still stood on the touchline on Saturday to cheer his son’s side on to maximum points in South West 1 East.
Captain Adam Westall told the Advertiser after the game how important it was for the players to pay their teammate’s dad a fitting tribute.
He said: “Michael Fitchett’s father passed away in the week and we wanted to make sure we won for him and his family, who were there for the game.
“It was a sad time in the week but it was something we felt we had to do for them. We had a minute’s silence before the game and it was good to have them there as well. They are part of our family and it was good to have a few beers with Fitch after the game.”
After a depleted Swindon team was thrashed 79-7 at Oxford Harlequins seven days previously, Westall and his teammates knew the importance of a win over Reading.
And they produced the goods, as Tom Mannion ran in another hat-trick for the hosts, while Westall also touched down and there were further tries for Mike Thompson, Ollie Newton, Mark Chatwin, Steve Price and Hayden Ambler. Westall added four conversions and a penalty with the boot.
“It made the beer taste sweeter after the game, that’s for sure,” said Westall.
“It was quite and important weekend coming off the back of a 70-point defeat. We’re very proud of our home record and we obviously had a lot to make up for from the week before.
“When we get it right there will be very few teams in this league who can live with us and that’s not being arrogant.
“We have got the strong game to cause anyone problems but we still conceded 26 points, which was down to our little mistakes rather than them putting together phases.
“Obviously if we score more points than the opposition then that’s going to win us games but it’s not going to win leagues.”
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