SUPERMARINE were left to rue two second-half sinbinnings as they drew 16-16 with Minety in Dorset & Wilts 1 North thanks to a late Stu Dawson penalty.
Chris Dawes and Matt Young both received yellow cards in the second period of Saturday’s clash, derailing the visitors’ momentum and giving Minety the chance to sneak back into the match, having trailed 13-7.
Dawson’s three-pointer at the death secured a share of the spoils for Marine after the referee penalised Minety for feeding the ball into their own scrum on the final play of the afternoon, but head coach Sean Millwaters felt his team were well set to take maximum points prior to two moments of indiscipline from his players.
“Had we scored again at 13-7 I think we’d have gone on to win it. What didn’t help us was we ended up with two yellow,” he told the Advertiser.
“Chris Dawes’ was for a deliberate knock-on, which was a little harsh. He went for the interception and knocked it on.
“With Matt’s they took a quick tap penalty and their little nine ran into our huge prop and he got yellow carded for not getting out the way. I can understand the second one because of the circumstances, I can’t really understand the second one but I just think had we scored at 13-7 we would have gone on to win it.
“We conceded two penalties when Chris was off, which took it to 13-13 and then conceded another when Matt went off which took it to 16-13. With 14 players it sort of knocked out rhythm.“ Dawson sent over two penalties for Marine, who scored tries through number eight Dan Taylor and Killian Spain. On reflection, Millwaters suggested a draw may have been a fair result.
“Minety are a good team,” he said. “They wouldn’t be where they are in the league if they weren’t playing good rugby and it’s the same with us. It could have gone either way and at the end of it was 16-all fair? Probably.
“Minety had periods of the game where they played better than we did, we certainly had periods of the game where we played better than they did so on the whole it probably was a fair result.”