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RUGBY: Pewsey Vale 39 Calne 10
9:00am Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Sport
PEWSEY produced a display of sound defence, power support play and skilful offloads to outplay and oupace a hefty Calne team in Dorset & Wilts One North.
Vale’s points came from a brace of tries each for wing Tony Bloomfield and fly-half James Haynes, who also racked up nine points with his boot.
There was also a try apiece from flanker Chris Spence and centre Dom Spencer.
Calne opened the scoring in the first three minutes with a penalty from fly-half Matthew Kelly after Pewsey were caught off side.
For the next 20 minutes both teams angled for field position with the visitors making good use of their heavier pack.
Pewsey broke the deadlock when Spence took a long route going right to left across the pitch out wide to hook back in goal to score under the posts, converted by Haynes.
From the restart Vale surged forward and driving play from the forwards quick ball out to Haynes had him adding a further five points, unconverted.
Four minutes before half time Calne were penalised for not retiring at a quick penalty, the extra 10 metres putting Haynes in range to take the three points.
Two minutes later Vale attacked from deep with full back Frank Poulson sprinting forward, offloading to Bloomfield who evaded five cover tackles to plant the ball over the line, Haynes taking the extras.
As the second half kicked off, the forwards set the platform and scrum-half Tom Haynes had the ball out to the narrow side into the waiting hands of Bloomfield who dashed in from 60 metres out to score his second, Haynes adding the extras.
A yellow card sending Spence to the bin had Pewsey under pressure for the full 10 minutes with the visitors camped in the home team’s 22 pounding the defence which refused to yield.
In the last quarter of an hour, once again Pewsey broke out with a tremendous run by wing Matty Mercer who, though tackled 20 metres short of the line, kept the ball in play.
Rushing support play exploited the gaps in the Calne defence with Spencer finishing off the score, Haynes converting.
With two minutes to go Haynes intercepted a Calne pass to sprint 50 metres from midfield to score an unconverted try.
Calne got a consolation try when Martin McCaffery forced his way over the line from short range, converted by Kelly.
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