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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough's perfect start continues with victory over Banbury and the weather


Captain Jamie Pittams leaps high to secure line-out ballCaptain Jamie Pittams leaps high to secure line-out ball

Marlborough 21 - 12 Banbury 

 

Marlborough made it four wins from four to start their first ever season at level 6 and in terrible wet and windy conditions.  As most people know the weather can be bad on the Common and this was certainly one of those occasions.  The team like a fast and open running game, but this certainly was not what was faced on Saturday.  However, this season the team has certainly meant business and are excited and ready to meet all the challenges.

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Marlborough Rugby: Three out of three for impressive Marlborough away at Wimborne


Mitieli Vulikijapani breaks through the Wimborne defence supported by Jake Williams and Ben FultonMitieli Vulikijapani breaks through the Wimborne defence supported by Jake Williams and Ben Fulton

Wimborne 21 - 51 Marlborough

 

Marlborough continued their good start to the season with an impressive performance away to Wimborne.  The visitors showed no effects from the long travel to the South coast and started the game well.  They were soon on the attack and winning some good ruck ball, a powerful run by Avenai Cakaunitavuki set up another ruck near the Wimborne line, the ball was quickly moved wide by prop Lemeki Moala for Joe Visei to go over in the left hand corner; the conversion was missed.  

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Marlborough Rugby: Triumph in local derby in first match at new level


Jake Williams attacks the Swindon defence supported by Lemeki Moala, Jamie Pittams and Lotu NgungutauJake Williams attacks the Swindon defence supported by Lemeki Moala, Jamie Pittams and Lotu Ngungutau

Swindon 12 - 24 Marlborough

 

Marlborough enjoyed their first ever game in South West 1 East (Level 6) with an encouraging win over local rivals Swindon.

The game started well for Marlborough who quickly exerted some dominance in the scrum and some powerful work from Ash Horner, Lotu Ngungutau and Lemeki Moala in the front row.

 

 

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New Sponsor for Marlborough Rugby Club - Vets4Pets

L-R:  Clive Robins – Youth Chairman,  Chloe Chapple – Registered Veterinary Nurse and Owner V4P Marlborough,  Karien White – Veterinary Surgeon and Owner V4P Marlborough,  Amber Dunham – Practice Manager V4P Marlborough,  Paul Carver L-R: Clive Robins – Youth Chairman, Chloe Chapple – Registered Veterinary Nurse and Owner V4P Marlborough, Karien White – Veterinary Surgeon and Owner V4P Marlborough, Amber Dunham – Practice Manager V4P Marlborough, Paul Carver Marlborough's Vets4Pets, locally owned veterinary practice located on Marlborough Business Park alongside Tesco and Budgen have committed to a 3 year sponsorship arrangement with Marlborough Rugby Club, which will include new kit for the Junior Team.

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Chilvester kit handover at Marlborough Rugby Club during the Tonga National Day celebration

L-R:  Clive Robins – Chair of the MRFC Mini Section, Gary Sharp – Chairman of MRFC, Mako Vunipola – nephew of MRFC’s new Director of Coaching, Elisi Vunipola – MRFC Director of Coaching, Andy Tottman – Director of Chilvester Financial, the new long term sponsor of MRFC’s coachesL-R: Clive Robins – Chair of the MRFC Mini Section, Gary Sharp – Chairman of MRFC, Mako Vunipola – nephew of MRFC’s new Director of Coaching, Elisi Vunipola – MRFC Director of Coaching, Andy Tottman – Director of Chilvester Financial, the new long term sponsor of MRFC’s coaches

Marlborough Rugby Cub's new head coach, Elisi Vunipola received the new coach's kit sponsored by Chilvester Financial Management on Friday (1 September) at the MRFC clubhouse on Frees Avenue during the Tongan National Day celebration being held there.

 

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Vunipola power added to drive Marlborough Rugby Club forward

New Marlborough Rugby Club Director of Coaching, Elias Vunipola with nephew and MakoNew Marlborough Rugby Club Director of Coaching, Elias Vunipola with nephew and MakoElisi Vunipola, uncle of England and current British Lion brothers Mako and Billy has been appointed as Director of Coaching for Marlborough Rugby Club.

He joins Marlborough from a successful period coaching in Somerset for the last few seasons earning consecutive promotions into Western Counties West for Burnham RFC.

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Marlborough Rugby: Triumph over Champions in a hugely entertaining game

Marlborough 38  -  22 Wimborne

On a gloriously sunny Spring afternoon Marlborough beat this season's Southern Counties South champions with a memorable win in a hugely entertaining game.

Whilst the initial phases saw the home side putting on the pressure in a fast and exciting start, the final pass or a misplaced kick meaning there was no early score.  Wimborne were also looking to attack and were dangerous on the counter attack.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough emerge with bragging rights in keenly contested local derby

Devizes 11 - 25 Marlborough

With the teams sitting 5th and 6th in Southern Counties South, a keenly contested local derby was always on the cards and Saturdays game did not disappoint.

The early phases saw both sides trying to get the advantage and the midfield battle was on from the first minute.  Marlborough joint coach Leo Tuliva was leading his backs well and with his centre partner Avenai Cakaunitavuki they both had a great day.  The first points went to the visitors with penalty kicked by Garth Bari.

The home team responded with a converted try and the score was 7-3.  The game was tight with Devizes looking to build phases and us a kick chase game. Marlborough were trying to force the game and seemed to want to score off first phase rather than build.  

As the half drew to a close scrum half Maika Qiolevu dived over around the side of a ruck to score.  Although the conversion was missed, a penalty by James Clancy right on half time gave Marlborough an 11-7 half time lead.

The half time talk from Marlborough was all about building phases and looking after the ball.

The second half started and immediately the change in the visitors tactics started to pay dividends.  They were spreading the ball wider in the backs and gaining territory, but must importantly winning rucks and keeping the ball.

Semisi Rasivo was having a great game carrying the ball and making some hard runs as were both props Wilden Robanakadavu and Lemeki Moala.  With 5 minutes gone in the second half a flowing move resulted in Avenai Cakaunitavuki scoring, Clancy converting.

Just 3 minutes later a similar attack resulted in space for Tuliva who ran in beat the defence, rounded in defender in the try area and went under the posts, again Clancy converting.  

The score was now 25-11.  The home crowd was quiet and Marlborough looking to be on top.

Then the game changed, Robanakadavu was red carded and suddenly Devizes sensed they could get back into the game.  The Devizes crowd were loud again and the home team responded by scoring a try of their own after 50 minutes.  This was converted and it was now 25-14.

The visitors once again had to raise their game and spent lot of the remainder of the game defending.  Wing Ratu Vuira had been off for a nasty cut above his ear was back on and was a constant threat with his pace and attacking skills.  Great defence by second row pair Jack Lynd and Jamie Pittams along with the rest of the team kept the visitors at bay.

A final score of 25-14 and honours in the local derby to Marlborough.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough squeak home by narrowest of margins in entertaining game at Blandford

Blandford 34 - 35 Marlborough

Marlborough won a very entertaining game with the last kick of the match.

The weather was very different to recent weeks.  It was good and conducive to good running rugby.

Marlborough put on good early pressure and took a 10-0 lead via a penalty after 5 mins from Garth Bari and then a try after 8 mins following a flowing backs move with Bari coming into the line from full back to finish it off.  Bari also converted.  Blandford immediately responded by converting a penalty from in front of the posts following an offside at the ruck that formed after the kick off.

After 15mins Michael Sims gathered a loose ball just inside the Blandford twenty-two and sped over in the corner, once again showing his great pace, the conversion was missed.  Blandford again responded, this time with a converted try after 20 mins, having taken advantage of some poor defensive organisation by the visitors.  Again a score came straight from the kick off, when the home team tried to clear the ball from their twenty-two, man of the match Sam Gouldbourn charged down and scored under the posts, Bari converted.

The pattern of score and then response continued as firstly Blandford got a penalty from a long way out after 25 mins.  And then scored from a driving maul after 27 mins and converted.  The half ended when Bari kicked a penalty on half time.

The second half saw Marlborough defending early Blandford pressure.  Jake Williams was off injured and James Clancy came on as replacement.  Gouldbourn, who was outstanding both going forward and in defence, and Inosi Laqekoro, running onto high balls and getting over the gain line, were the stand out players for the visitors.  Lemeki Moala having his first start for Marlborough also was excellent in the loose and made a huge impact in the scrums.

There was no score in second half until 60 mins, Avenai Cakaunitavuki broke through two tackles with a straight and very powerful run to core under the posts.  Clancy converted as Bari was down with an injury.  This made it 32 -20, then Marlborough then had a bit of a low point, crowd got behind Blandford and they scored two converted tries 65 mins driving maul, then a backs try 76mins just poor defending from Marlborough.

Finally with the game at 34-32 to the home team the visitors woke from their slumber.  Gouldbourn again won the restart and Marlborough played some really exciting rugby.  

Finally winning a 79th minute pen in front of the posts between the ten metre line and the twenty-two.  Bari converted.  The ref said there would be time the restart but it would be the final play.  Sam again won the ball and the visitors gratefully kicked it to touch.  For a very entertaining win.

The ref (who was excellent) said it was the best match he had ever refereed.

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Marlborough Rugby: Positive result from unconvincing performance

Marlborough 13 - 11 Walcot

On a bitterly cold afternoon and with snow on the ground, Marlborough put in an unconvincing performance but they dug deep to once again defend exceptionally well.

The Walcot pack had the upper hand in the scrums and this is something coaches Leo Tuliva and Lotu Ngungutau will be working on.  The lack of good ball and also the cold meant that there was not a lot of flowing rugby.

Centre Jamie Laing was moved to outside half and then scrum half as a number of unavailable players meant the regular half backs were missing.  Laing showed his strength to dive over at the base of a ruck to get the home sides only try of the game.  This was converted by Nathan Morgan.  Garth Bari also kicked two penalties.

The performance was certainly not one of the sides best but it is another win and the improvement in commitment and defence is clear to see.

Next week Marlborough travel to Blandford.

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Marlborough Rugby: resurgent second half performance nearly makes amends for poor first- half at Sherborne

Trowbridge 43 - 20 Marlborough

Marlborough lose after a promising start.  Marlborough travelled to Trowbridge for their third encounter of the season.

This time honours went to the home team after what ended up as a poor performance for Marlborough.  The game started well with a penalty after just 2 minutes from James Clancy and then after a loose pass was picked up by Jake Williams the ball as passed out to Russ Westcott to feed Michael SIms who sprinted down teh wing to score.  Clancy converted and the score was 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

Things looked good but then some poor tackling started to cost the visitors.  Trowbridge were getting good phases of play and uses some strong lines of running.

They scored a couple of quick converted tries to lead 14-10. Marlborough were looking to attack but were guilty of losing the ball in contact areas and not protecting the ball at key times.  This was emphasised when once again they conceded an interception try.  This has happened in the last few games and forcing of passes at wrong times.  Trowbridge intercepted and ran through and despite a great chase by Michael Sims, Trowbridge scored and converted for 21-10.  Clancy did get a penalty but a a quick tapped penalty right on half time gave Trowbridge another score and a 28-13 lead.

Trowbridge added to their lead in the 10th minute of the 2nd half with a penalty. Marlborough then seemed to wake up and started to get some good phases.

The lineout which has started to work well gave good possession and the ball was moved out to Inosi Laqekoro, he once aqain made a good hard run and broke through some tackles, the ball was moved out and scrum half Jake Williams was in support to take the pass and run in to score.  Clancy converted for 31-20. Both teams now knew it was game on. Marlborough significantly raised their tackling and Trowbridge were applying lots of pressure.

After some great defence on their own line Marlborough eventually conceded and the conversion went over for 38-20. Marlborough did push hard to try to score but again a handling error meant a pass went to ground and again Trowbridge gathered the loose ball and ran in for another interception try.

A final score of 43-20 reflected a bad day for Marlborough, good in patches of the game but not for long enough.

Next Saturday is Frome at home in the rearranged game.

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Marlborough Rugby: Rare high scoring draw at home against local rivals Devizes

Marlborough 33 - 33 Devizes

The early phases saw some scrappy phases of play as both teams tried to get the upper hand.  It was Devizes who got the first scores of the game with a converted try.  Marlborough responded with a try by Ratu Viura who was on for a blood replacement to scrum half Will Grant after a kick to the head.

However the visitors were making every effort to use the slope and kicking to corners.  A line out deep into the Marlborough 22 was lost and Devizes kicked through and although it looked like they knocked on the loose ball was gathered and the visitors scored.  The try was converted.

Five minutes later Devizes scored again, a kick through was fumbled and the loose ball was hacked on again for the visitors to take a 17-5 lead.  Coach Chris Budgen urged his men to cut out the mistakes and play simple rugby.

After an exchange of penalties, to make it 8-20, Marlborough finally started to show their attacking play.  Although the scrum was going backwards, number 8 Inosi Laqekoro picked up and made a good break.  The ball was moved out to Viura who drew the covering defence to pass inside to Tauyavu Bativagone to score.

Although the conversion was missed the home team were soon on the attack again and won a penalty in front of the posts which James Clancy kicked.  That appeared to be it for the half but in the last moments of the half Devizes worked the territory again and scored a converted try for a 16-27 half time score.

Marlborough were disappointed with themselves to have got back into the game and then gifted a try.

There were strong words at half time and also from non playing half backs James Farrell and Amori Nailago.

Now playing with the advantage of the slope Marlborough looked to try and close the points gap.  Wing Viura once again used his pace to make in roads into the Devizes defence.  After one run he was well tackled but a knock by the visitors gave a scrum which again Laqekoro picked up and drove forward, the phases developed and prop Lotu Ngungutau broke free, handed off the defence and scored.  Clancy converted for 23-27.

Marlborough had now raised their game.  A charging run by Bativagone again threatened, unfortunately he knocked on in the tackle.  The scrum resulted in a foot up free kick against Devizes.  Jake Williams who had moved to scrum half took a quick tap and surprised the defence to run in unchallenged.  Clancy converted for 30-27. Marlborough now led for the first time in the game.

However, instead of trying to close the game out, Marlborough again looked to attack at any chance, a mistake led to a ruck infringement and Devizes kicked the penalty.

The last 5 minutes were tense and number of penalties were being awarded.  Both sides had chances to score and some mistakes were made.  Clancy kicked a good penalty from wide out on the right to give a 33-30.

However, moments later they handled in the ruck to give Devizes a penalty that was also kicked to level at 33-33.

The draw was probably a fair result but the home side were left to rue the mistakes that were made.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough triumph in close and entertaining match at home to Blandford

Marlborough 17 - 15 Blandford

Marlborough won a closely fought and entertaining game to maintain their unbeaten league run.  

The early phases saw the away team putting the pressure on, but a good break out by outside half James Farrell put his team on the attack.  He kicked ahead and the kick stopped just short of the line, the Blandford defender fumbled the ball and Russ Westcott pounced on the loose ball to score the try.  It was unconverted.

Blandford responded with a penalty.  The game was tight and both sides were defending well.  A number of handling errors by both teams were also causing breakdowns.  The half ended 5-3.

The second half saw the Blandford full back showing excellent kicking form to put over a further 3 penalties due to some quick decisions by the ref at rucks.  The visitors certainly had their tails up and were leading 12-5.

An altercation at a ruck meant both sides had players sin binned.  The influential Farrell for the home team looked to be the bigger loss.  

As the away team tried to launch another attack, a looping pass was intercepted by James Clancy who was able to run in 50 metres to score under the posts and convert his own try.  The scores were once again even.

Marlborough quickly went on the attack again and good handling skills by prop Feiloaki Ngungutau led to a break by Waisale Navunidakua, he burst through the defence and set up full back Garth Bari to score out wide.

Scores were now 17-12.  Blandford were not done though and attacked again, Marlborough captain Jack Lynd was sin binned for obstruction as Blandford looked to attack.  They took the penalty and scored, 17-15.

A tense few minutes were in store, as the game entered the final moments, First Marlborough had a penalty opportunity that was missed and then right at the end Blandford again won a penalty, but their kicker also missed and the game ended 17-15.

It was a tight game that could have gone either way and great credit to the visitors but a strong team performance from Marlborough to keep up their run.

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Marlborough Rugby: Nomads sweep Corsham 2nds aside with a thirteen try performance


Adam Whatley, Loui Haiseman and Rhodri Campbell of the Nomads in action v. CorshamAdam Whatley, Loui Haiseman and Rhodri Campbell of the Nomads in action v. Corsham

Nomads 85 - 5 Corsham 2nd XV

 

The Nomads - Marlborough 2nds - assembled a large squad on a perfect day for playing rugby for the first home league fixture on the Common and delivered a result against Corsham 2nd XV with a score that wouldn't have been out of place in a T20 cricket match.

 

The Nomad's growing band of supporters were not to be disappointed, they delivered a score within the first two minutes when Neil (3) scored and Nathan Morgen (10) added the conversion.  7-0 to the Nomads.

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Marlborough Rugby: Nomads trounce Melksham 2nds in one-sided encounter


Melksham 2nds 0 - 43 Nomads

 

Melksham started aggressively, quickly gaining ground to the Nomads 22 meter line, but Nomad’s solid defense was rewarded with a penalty allowing Nathan Morgen (10) to clear to touch against the wind.  The successful lineout led to some sustained pressure from the Nomads. The gaps began to appear, resulting in Melksham 2nds impeding again.  Only this time Louis Haiseman (9) reacted quickly, the resulting good hands from the supporting players saw Jack King (14) go over in the corner, Louis missed the conversion,  0-5 first blood to the Nomads.

 

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Marlborough's next generation (or one beyond that) get a taste of Fijian Sevens magic from Pio Tuwai

Pio Tuwai , Jake Williams and Jamie Pittams (Captain) coaching minisPio Tuwai , Jake Williams and Jamie Pittams (Captain) coaching minisThe new season for the mini/junior section started on Sunday (2 September) and much excitement was felt around the Club.  Not only were the younger members of the Club going to receive their new shirts provided by new Club Sponsor 'Compeed', but international Seven's superstar Pio Tuwai was going to be there to hand over some of the shirts, but he was also going to go round the different age groups with fellow 1st XV players Jamie Pittams ( Captain) and Jake Williams.

 

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Marlborough Rugby's promotions-winning 1st XV applauded by Mayor Lisa Farrell for last season's outstanding achievement

Key members of MRFC's successful 1stXV with coaching and club staff, displaying proudly the club's latest (national) sponsor - Compeed.  Surrounding Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell are:  back row, l to r: Jamie Pittams , Will Grant, Joe Pittams, Elisi Vunipola, Jake Williams, Ben Fulton, Jack Lynd.  Front: Andy Tottman (Chilvester), Mike Banfield, Clive Robins, juniors Ben, Jack, Jacob, Archie and Matthew, with Head Coach Elisi Vunipola and David PittamsKey members of MRFC's successful 1stXV with coaching and club staff, displaying proudly the club's latest (national) sponsor - Compeed. Surrounding Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell are: back row, l to r: Jamie Pittams , Will Grant, Joe Pittams, Elisi Vunipola, Jake Williams, Ben Fulton, Jack Lynd. Front: Andy Tottman (Chilvester), Mike Banfield, Clive Robins, juniors Ben, Jack, Jacob, Archie and Matthew, with Head Coach Elisi Vunipola and David PittamsMarlborough Rugby Club's 1st XV will next year be rubbing shoulders with some of the bigger clubs in the South West.  Last night (Thursday 21 June) their achievement in gaining promotion to a new level of competition was recognised by Mayor Councillor Lisa Farrell when she publicly thanked the team and applauded their success at the Town Hall.

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Chilvester Financial sign up as long term sponsor for Marlborough Rugby as Elisi Vunipola joins as Head Coach

 

 Marlborough Rugby Football Club have just announced two very important signings:   firstly, Elis Vunipola, former Tonga international fly half, and uncle of England internationals Billy and Mako joins as Head Coach, and secondly, Chilvester Financial commit to a long-term five year sponsorship deal which will provide funding to support the thirty-five strong team of coaches who work with the nearly four hundred club members from Under 7s to First XV.

 

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Marlborough Rugby: Exciting finish to an excellent season with solid victory over North Dorset

Marlborough 38  -  28 North Dorset

Marlborough completed their season with an excellent 5th place finish after an exciting game.

The visitors this time were North Dorset on another sunny afternoon.  The home team made a great start to the game with some fast and flowing rugby.  Carrying on the display from the win against Wimborne the team were soon on the attack and moving the ball at every opportunity.

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Marlborough Rugby: Victory in a high scoring game ensures highest ever league finish

Swanage & Wareham 43  -  48 Marlborough

Marlborough won a high scoring game to secure their highest ever league finish

The visitors still seemed to have the long journey in their legs as the game started and Swanage scored a converted try after just 5 mins from a line out move.  The score got the big crowd behind them but also served to wake Marlborough up.  Ten minutes later, player and coach Lotu Ngungutau scored a great try with move from the front of an attacking line out, Garth Bari converted.  

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough storm back to comprehensive win after slow start

Marlborough 47 - 12 Combe Down

After some heavy rain and an early pitch inspection the game kicked off in sunshine.

Combe Down scored first after 10 mins after some poor defence by the home team, the conversion was missed.

The home team's response came quickly when at a penalty, scrum half Jake Williams took a quick tap and ran in to score while the away team were still organising themselves, full back Garth Bari converted.  Marlborough this time were guilty of their own defensive disorganisation and on 30 mins Combe Down scored a converted try, although at this time they only had 13 men on the pitch.  A couple of yellow cards and one for a reaction to some nasty off field comments.

As the first half drew to a close, player/joint coach Leo Tuliva scored a good individual try under the posts, again Bari converted.  Then on the last play before half time Semisi Rasivo, who made a number of good breaks from the back of the scrums, broke a couple of tackles and scored in the corner, the conversion was missed. Half time 19-12.

The 2nd half and the home team had organised themselves better, Tuliva's defence was leading the way, the needless mistakes stopped and soon the gaps opened up.  The front row of Gareth Smith, Epeli Kotobalavu and Lemeki Moala, who all had great games, were rewarded for their efforts when after 45 mins prop Gareth Smith was put into space on the 22 and scored in the corner, Bari converted.

A recent feature of the team's play has been the line out work, jumpers Jamie Pittams and Sam Gouldbourn winning some great ball from the throwing in of Kotobalavu.  Again the reward came when after 50mins second row Jamie Pittams found himself on the wing and finished off a really nice backs move, Bari converted again.  On 60 mins joint coach Lotu Ngungutau, who had come on as a 2nd half replacement, picked up from the base of a ruck and drove over, again Bari converted.

Then 12 minutes later Ngungutau repeated the score with a very similar try, Bari was off injured so James Clancy converted.

Final score 47-12.

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Marlborough Rugby: Winning ways found again with a determined display

Marlborough 19 - 8 Frome

Marlborough won their first game in six with a determined second half defensive display in the rearranged match against a strong Frome side.  

The game was touch and go if it would start in the morning with a waterlogged pitch and it was always going to be heavy under foot, a contrast to the originally scheduled day when the pitch was too icy.  

The visitors got on the score board first with a penalty after 10 minutes.  Marlborough replied with some good phases of play in the forwards before some good passing put Russell Westcott into the corner to score.  Garth Bari got the conversion.

After 20 minutes a high clearance kick from Frome was caught on the run by Inosi Laqekoro, he stormed up the pitch before setting up the ball.  The forwards played a couple of good phases, before the ball was released to Michael SIms who again showed his pace to score.  This time the conversion was missed.

Once again Frome fought their way back into the game and scored an unconverted try of their own just after the half hour mark.  

As the first half was nearing completion, the home forwards again drove the ball forward.  Eventually Semisi Rasivo broke free and charged through a couple of tackles to score.  Bari converted for a 19-8 half time score.

The second half saw Frome applying lots of pressure but a determined defensive performance held them out for the whole half.  Marlborough lost Will Grant to a yellow card and then a red as he was guilty of some clumsy high tackles.  The rest of the team stepped up and showed coaches Leo Tuliva and Lotu Ngungutau's work on defence in training had worked well.

Marlborough gained a much needed win and look forward to the visit of Walcot next week.

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Marlborough Rugby: Poor overall performance by the visitors after a promising start

Trowbridge 43 - 20 Marlborough

Marlborough lose after a promising start.  Marlborough travelled to Trowbridge for their third encounter of the season.

This time honours went to the home team after what ended up as a poor performance for Marlborough.  The game started well with a penalty after just 2 minutes from James Clancy and then after a loose pass was picked up by Jake Williams the ball as passed out to Russ Westcott to feed Michael SIms who sprinted down teh wing to score.  Clancy converted and the score was 10-0 after just 10 minutes.

Things looked good but then some poor tackling started to cost the visitors.  Trowbridge were getting good phases of play and uses some strong lines of running.

They scored a couple of quick converted tries to lead 14-10. Marlborough were looking to attack but were guilty of losing the ball in contact areas and not protecting the ball at key times.  This was emphasised when once again they conceded an interception try.  This has happened in the last few games and forcing of passes at wrong times.  Trowbridge intercepted and ran through and despite a great chase by Michael Sims, Trowbridge scored and converted for 21-10.  Clancy did get a penalty but a a quick tapped penalty right on half time gave Trowbridge another score and a 28-13 lead.

Trowbridge added to their lead in the 10th minute of the 2nd half with a penalty. Marlborough then seemed to wake up and started to get some good phases.

The lineout which has started to work well gave good possession and the ball was moved out to Inosi Laqekoro, he once aqain made a good hard run and broke through some tackles, the ball was moved out and scrum half Jake Williams was in support to take the pass and run in to score.  Clancy converted for 31-20. Both teams now knew it was game on. Marlborough significantly raised their tackling and Trowbridge were applying lots of pressure.

After some great defence on their own line Marlborough eventually conceded and the conversion went over for 38-20. Marlborough did push hard to try to score but again a handling error meant a pass went to ground and again Trowbridge gathered the loose ball and ran in for another interception try.

A final score of 43-20 reflected a bad day for Marlborough, good in patches of the game but not for long enough.

Next Saturday is Frome at home in the rearranged game.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough's unbeaten run continues with convincing away victory over Combe Down

Combe Down 7 - 33 Marlborough

The early phases of the game saw mistakes by both sides but the visitors were pressing and had spurned a couple of chances including a knock over the try line.  After 16 mins the ball broke loose at a ruck and flanker Inosi Laqekoro quickly gathered the ball, he drew the defender and put an inside pass to James Farrell who ran in and made sure of the touch down. James Clancy converted the try.

Combe Down missed a penalty opportunity before Marlborough got back on the attack and started to put some good phases together.  Farrell span a good pass out ot outside half Amori Nailago who dummied and stepped to beat the defensive line and run in and score. Another great try from Nailago this season and a player who will be missed by the club when he is posted to Cyprus. Clancy again converted.

As half time got near, Farrell again fed Nailago who this time made a blindside break and put in a good pass to Clancy who drew the full back and passed to wing Will Grant to score in the corner.  Again Clancy converted. Half time score 21-0.

The second half saw the temperature drop.  The home side were determined to get back into the game and apply some pressure.  This was helped by Marlborough trying to run the ball from everywhere. One such occasion saw Clancy isolated at a ruck and when the ball was lost, Combe Down moved the ball quickly and their flanker broke down the blind side to score a converted try.

Coach Chris Budgen urged his men to show more discipline and execute at the right times.  Marlborough tightened up their play and it was Combe Down who made a mistake in over throwing at a lineout Semisi Rasivo gathered the loose ball to make a charge up field.  Farrell was in support and took the ball to score under the posts.

Clancy converted. Farrell completed his hat trick when he robbed the ball off his opposite number at a scrum to break from the half way and run half the pitch to score.  Clancy missed the conversion for a 33-7 score line.

Another good win for Marlborough that was only marred by injuries to Josh Lynd (knee) and to Epeli Kotobalavu (eye) who had made a great debut performance.

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Marlborough Rugby: Marlborough maintain unbeaten start to season with narrow win over Walcot

Walcot 17 - 22 Marlborough

Marlborough kept up their unbeaten start to their league campaign with a hard fought away win against Walcot.

A number of late drop outs, injuries and a suspension meant the team were short of a few regulars.  The starting team knew they were in for a tough afternoon.

The early exchanges saw Walcot on top at the set piece as Marlborough tried to find their rhythm.  Walcot took an early lead with a penalty before missing two more efforts.  Marlborough also missed a penalty opportunity.

With the home team forwards starting really well, the visitors looked to use their exciting back line to attack, a loose ball was picked up by Waisale Navunidakua who surged forward and set up winger Ratu Vuira.  The pacy winger was clear, out ran the defence and scored under the posts.  Garth Bari converted.

The pattern of the half continued with Walcot making some good hard yards and Marlborough keeping a high tempo looking to break out.  Walcot could have scored in the corner but for a try saving tackle by Will Turner.  As half time approached a good line out ball was by Matt Hamblin near the half way line, Will Grant span it out to Amori Nailago who beat the initial line of defenders and ran clear.  The Walcot chasing defenders managed to tackle him but Nailago was over the line and grounded the ball.  The conversion was missed and a half time score of 12-3.

At half time coach and prop Chris Budgen, urged his men to be patient and cut out the silly mistakes.  However, just after the half was started Marlborough suffered a yellow card for a swinging arm.  With a man advantage Walcot scored a converted try and got the score back to 12-10.

From the restart the visitors won a penalty but Bari's effort came back off the post.  The visitors kept up the pressure and stayed in their opponent's half.  From slow line out ball, Nailago set up his centres and Navunidakua broke to again put Vuira in space.  He beat the defenders and again scored under the posts.  Bari converted for 19-10.

The game then entered a tense final phase, an altercation between a number of players resulted in both teams being reduced to 14 men for ten minutes.  With both teams reduced to 7 in the scrum, Walcot took advantage of a big blind side to break and score a converted try.

The home team sensed a late victory but with time running out it was Marlborough who were on the attack. O ne penalty attempt was missed but a few minutes later another attempt was scored by Bari for 22-17 and shortly after the full time whistle went.

Next week sees a home game against Blandford and hopefully a few returning players

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