Pewsey Vale 36 – 7 Calne
This was a decidedly one sided contest that saw Pewsey dominate possession and territory to finish with a six tries to one try victory. Calne were on the back foot for most of the game; that said they stuck to their task, being awarded a penalty try at the at the final whistle.
In the first minute Pewsey were on the score board. A Calne clearance kick was collected by full back Pete Baird who surged forward. Slick handling had the ball in the hands of lock Olly Spence who stormed in from twenty metres out, converted by wing Tom Regan.
On five minutes, from a line out, quick ball hit number eight Ben Bowman in the centre field, who crashed through the visitors’ defence take the five points, unconverted.
At the end of the first quarter the loss of centre Will Bowerman to injury, disrupted the home team’s flow in attack. They maintained the pressure and domination of territory.
Just on half time Spence broke free from a Pewsey line out on the visitors’ twenty two,and dashed to the line, unconverted; 17 – 0 at turn round.
Calne kicked off the second half. Pewsey drove forward, they secured the ball that was quickly got wide to wing Toni Bloomfield who dotted down in the corner, unconverted.
At the end of the third quarter, stood on half way, Bloomfield caught a clearance kick and beating five defenders with pace and footwork sprinted in to dot down between the posts, Regan added the extras.
With five minutes to go Pewsey broke the visitors’ defence, and a fine forward move was finished off by flanker Jordan Carpenter, Regan slotting the conversion.
On the final whistle on a rare foray into Pewsey territory Calne secured a penalty try, using their much heavier pack to buckle the Pewsey scrum.
Pewsey were under pressure at scrum time, but the scrum delivered at key moments. The forwards constantly crossed the gain line and showed great physicality against the bulky Calne forwards. As a new line up the backs gelled well. We coped well with injuries and re-organised, especially in the second half. A highly satisfactory performance.