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Marine edge war of attrition
SUPERMARINE head coach Sean Millwaters was always confident his side would eventually wear down Trowbridge 2nds as they opened their Dorset & Wilts 1 North season with a 33-9 away win.
The South Marston side are looking to keep the ball in hand and play attractive rugby as they try to bounce back to Southern Counties at the first opportunity, and although they took time to force a physical Trowbridge side into submission they eventually ran away with the contest.
Trailing 9-3 at the interval Marine took control of matters after the break and moved clear as Alex Robinson charged over after just a few minutes, but the visitors had to be at their best defensively for 10 minutes to hold off a prolonged spell of Trowbridge pressure.
After standing firm Millwaters’ side spent most of the rest of the game on the front foot and winger Matty Dickens and Chris Dawes went in for tries, before new addition Cillian Spain capped his debut with the final score of the afternoon.
“Trowbridge were a big strong team and we recognised a few of last season’s first team players who have dropped down, and when I look at them I thought ‘wow, they are big’ but that plays into a our gameplan,” Millwaters said.
“We like to move the ball and big players don’t like running around and we made it work for us.
“It was a hard fought win which took a good 60 minutes to wear them down, but we managed in the end and we got ourselves off to a really good start.
“We created space but it’s hard to blow teams away early because they always have a base level of fitness, and we got dragged into a game of what I call Dorset & Wilts 1 rugby.
“We’re trying not to do that but we got pulled into it but at half-time we had a chat about it and moved the ball better and they weren’t able to live with us.”
Things didn’t go as well for Supermarine Ladies as they fell to a 29-10 defeat at the hands of Plymouth Albion in their first league game of the season.
The south coast side started strongly and broke through for the first try of the game within two minutes.
Supermarine responded by pushing the visitors back into their own 22 and they then won a penalty, which was kicked between the uprights by outside-centre Natalie Williams.
Plymouth hit back when they made the most of a gap in the defence to score their second try, which like the first was unconverted, making the score 10-3 at half-time. Albion continued to exert pressure after the break and were rewarded as they crossed the whitewash, before Supermarine scored their try of the game.
Strong phases from the forwards and backs saw the hosts fall just short of the opposition try line and hooker Amy Chipperfield then dived over to touch down. Williams added the extras. The strength of the visitors proved too much in the end as they added a couple more tries to wrap up victory in convincing style.
Elsewhere, Minety drew 5-5 with Melksham with unconverted tries coming from the Melksham forwards and Minety’s Luke Radcliffe.