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1st XV - Match centre

Royal Wootton Bassett III
Calne
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Tries
D Evans, M Ifferemo, M Webber, M Turner, R Taylor
Unknown, Unknown
Conversions
L Kearney (2)
Penalties
R Taylor
Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - South West Division - Dorset & Wilts 2 North Full time

Christmas Dust blown off

A long day at the office with additions to a big injury list doesn't deter a 5 point win

After the 1st half of the season came to an end, and a long Christmas break, Calne looked to set a tone to the start of 2018 with an empathic win.

Conditions were not great for either team with a strong wind and bitter cold, however Calne started quickly off the blocks. After only 5 minutes Calne found themselves camped in the Bassett half testing the defence. A couple of opportunities went awry but a promising set of runs gave Calne confidence and a well drilled lineout saw hooker David Evans walk over for try 1. Converted by Liam Kearney

Further good running by the Calne backs exposed a few holes after the forwards gave a good platform. Brian Hopkins and Chris Addinell combining well to find Adam Young in space who drew and gave to the fijian mountain Massi Ifferemo in space, try 2 for Calne, conversation missed.

Confidence growing the Calne backs were looking to ship wide where possible and were rewarded once again with Mark Webber converting well in the corner.

Bassett to there credit were not out of the match, far from it and gave constant pressure all round the pitch. Little breaks kept coming and last ditch tackling kept the score at bay.

However tides were changing, an injury to try scorer David Evans, 10 Brian Hopkins came off with an injury, and tight head Shane Martin McCafferty all in quick succession caused a few problems and Bassett in the process capitalised on this. A well worked move from the scrum saw the number 8 draw the tacklers and allow Bassett to offload through the hands for a try, converted.

As if the changes and injuries to the team hadn't been enough, a sickening clash of heads saw Mark Webber and a Basset forward both taken from the field, luckily with no serious injury for both. Calne now with 4 injured players, yet still Rhys Taylor, Adam Young combined brilliantly in the attack and a defty offload by Adam allowed Marcus Turner to go over the whitewash. Bonus Point Calne, Half time 24-7


The second half saw a rejuvinated Bassett. A quick try from early in the second gave them confidence. Using the wind and slope to a great advantage they pinned and calmed Calne for long periods. Securing quick ball, and with Calne struggling to get to grips of the half, Bassett burst over to put the last 10 minutes into a stale mate 24-24 and a bonus point for the home team.

Time for charachter and grit to prevail and after absorbing Bassetts continualled attacks, a strong defence in the backs allowed winger Rhys Davies to claim a bobbling ball in space and set Rhys Taylor free in space for a 60 meter sprint to the posts, converted and renewed to a winning margin.

Back on top of the game Calne saw out the final minutes in the Bassett half and were rewarded a penalty in front of goal to push Bassett out of the losing bonus point place.

A hard game, a determined effort and some charachter building allowed Calne to brush the dust off. All credit to a strong and hungry Bassett team who pushed the league leaders for long periods of the match.

Calne look to next week, hoping the injuries are all recoverable and return to their fortress to welcome Colerne RFC.

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Key moments

10:00
Try David Evans scores for Calne
10:00
Conversion Liam Kearney kicks a conversion for Calne
17:00
Try Massi Ifferemo scores for Calne
26:00
Try Mark Webber scores for Calne
31:00
Try Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
31:00
Conversion Conversion for Royal Wootton Bassett III
35:00
Try Marcus Turner scores for Calne
35:00
Conversion Liam Kearney kicks a conversion for Calne
46:00
Try Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
52:00
Try Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
66:00
Try Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
66:00
Conversion Conversion for Royal Wootton Bassett III
75:00
Try Rhys Taylor scores for Calne
79:00
Penalty Rhys Taylor kicks a penalty for Calne

Highlights

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79:00 Penalty 24 - 32
Rhys Taylor kicks a penalty for Calne
78:00 Sub On
Simon Walker is substituted on for Calne
75:00 Try 24 - 29
Rhys Taylor scores for Calne
73:00 Yellow Card
Tom Storm is yellow carded for Calne
66:00 Conversion 24 - 24
Conversion for Royal Wootton Bassett III
66:00 Try 22 - 24
Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
65:00 Sub On
Alan Wicks is substituted on for Calne
65:00 Sub Off
Shane Martin McCafferty is substituted off for Calne
60:00 Yellow Card
Chris McAlonan is yellow carded for Calne
52:00 Sub On
Dan Oakford is substituted on for Calne
52:00 Try 17 - 24
Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
52:00 Sub Off
Matt Johnston is substituted off for Calne
46:00 Try 12 - 24
Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
End of period 1
37:00 Sub Off
Mark Webber is substituted off for Calne
35:00 Sub On
Rhys Taylor is substituted on for Calne
35:00 Try 7 - 22
Marcus Turner scores for Calne
35:00 Conversion 7 - 24
Liam Kearney kicks a conversion for Calne
31:00 Conversion 2 - 17
Conversion for Royal Wootton Bassett III
31:00 Sub On
Craig Harkess is substituted on for Calne
31:00 Try 7 - 17
Try for Royal Wootton Bassett III
31:00 Sub Off
Brian Hopkins is substituted off for Calne
27:00 Sub Off
David Evans is substituted off for Calne
27:00 Sub On
Tom Storm is substituted on for Calne
26:00 Try 0 - 17
Mark Webber scores for Calne
17:00 Try 0 - 12
Massi Ifferemo scores for Calne
10:00 Try 0 - 5
David Evans scores for Calne
10:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Liam Kearney kicks a conversion for Calne
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Royal Wootton Bassett III
  • Calne
  • 0
  • David Evans Try 10:00'
  • Liam Kearney Conversion 10:00'
  • Massi Ifferemo Try 17:00'
  • Mark Webber Try 26:00'
  • Tom Storm Sub On 27:00'
  • David Evans Sub Off 27:00'
  • Brian Hopkins Sub Off 31:00'
  • Craig Harkess Sub On 31:00'
  • Try 31:00'
  • Conversion 31:00'
  • Marcus Turner Try 35:00'
  • Liam Kearney Conversion 35:00'
  • Rhys Taylor Sub On 35:00'
  • Mark Webber Sub Off 37:00'
  • Try 46:00'
  • Matt Johnston Sub Off 52:00'
  • Dan Oakford Sub On 52:00'
  • Try 52:00'
  • Chris McAlonan Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Alan Wicks Sub On 65:00'
  • Shane Martin McCafferty Sub Off 65:00'
  • Try 66:00'
  • Conversion 66:00'
  • Tom Storm Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Rhys Taylor Try 75:00'
  • Simon Walker Sub On 78:00'
  • Rhys Taylor Penalty 79:00'

Team selection

Webber, Mark Webber, Mark
Davies, Rhys Davies, Rhys
Addinell, Chris Addinell, Chris
Young, Adam Young, Adam
Ifferemo, Massi Ifferemo, Massi
Hopkins, Brian Hopkins, Brian
Kearney, Liam Kearney, Liam
Morten, Tom Morten, Tom
McAlonan, Chris McAlonan, Chris
Turner, Marcus Turner, Marcus
Johnston, Matt Johnston, Matt
Flockton, Alex Flockton, Alex
Brownlie, Peter Brownlie, Peter
Evans, David Evans, David
Martin McCafferty, Shane Martin McCafferty, Shane

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sutton Benger 22 99
2. Calne 22 92
3. Frome II 22 88
4. Swindon College Old Boys II 22 75
5. Alfred's Nomads 22 75
6. Westbury 22 48
7. Devizes II 22 37

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