Last weekend Pewsey Vale put in a massive performance against Combe Down II following a fortnight break due to the RWC Final and a waterlogged pitch.
Pewsey were determined to put a big score on Combe Down following previous fixtures against against the Vale going against them. The team, having all turned up well in advance and put in a solid warm-up ready to come out the blocks from the off. However, Combe Down had a small say in proceedings due to only 3 players turning up 45 mins before kick-off and the remainder of their travelling outfit only 10 mins before – leading to the start being delayed by 15 mins.
The late start however only made Pewsey more eager to prove themselves and punish the travelling side. Positive attack put Pewsey into the opposition 22 early doors. Combe Down were unable to clear their half following a turnover as they air mailed an easy intercept for Harry Morgan to stick under the posts at 5 mins. The onslaught continued with Pewsey utilising set-pieces strongly throughout, breaking through the Combe Down defence where Phil Vallis, Rob Boyd-Wallis and Olly Spence Scoring on 10, 15 and 20 minutes respectively. Boyd-Wallis’ try coming from a cheeky chip over the top from hooker Nick Damper…something he tried to replicate 5 minutes later, only failing miserably! James Haynes added a try to his tally of conversions on 24 minutes as he danced through the opposition dotting under the posts.
In the second quarter Combe Down managed to galvanise some attacking form as they entered the Pewsey 22 for the first time. The Vale defence held strong and didn’t allow the visitors to enter the whitewash. Ill discipline from the visitors meant Pewsey could clear their lines easing any building pressure. Pewsey continued their attacking form and the boot of Tom Flippance led to a further try; kicking over the top from a breakdown, the chase from Pete Baird and Rob Boyd-Wallis on the Combe Down winger led to spilled ball being placed over the try line by the latter.
HT: Pewsey Vale 36 – 0 Combe Down II
Combe Down’s half time team talk must have added some favour as they were able to put additional pressure on Pewsey early in the second half. However, the Vale defence held strong and it took 11 minutes before Pewsey found their scoring streak again. Once again off a set-piece, the powerful Phil Vallis picked from the back of a scrum and smashed through the game line off loading to Full-Back Pete Baird. Boyd-Wallis finished his hat-trick as he ran rings around the Combe Down defence with not one opposition player coming close to bringing the Wingers assualt to an end. Pewsey started to enjoy some flowing rugby, utilising the full width of the pitch and all the backs to run around the Combe Down defence; Spencer Hughes was next on the scoresheet after a slick move put him over the line. On 75 minutes James Haynes secured his second of the game, once more from slick hands by the backs. Pete Baird also secured his second try running a supporting line for Phil Vallis who was held by the Combe Down defence. Will Bowerman’s return was much celebrated as he got the final taste of Combe Down blood; running riot, he sprant through numerous tackles and slid in under the posts bringing the final total for Pewsey to 74 points.
Credit to Combe Down who kept going and at times showed flair and tenacity but were unable to capitalise. The overall skill and power of Pewsey was too much and rightfully came out victors on a most glorious Saturday of rugby.
FT: Pewsey 74 – 0 Combe Down II
Else where in the league Amesbury secured their first win of the season in a closely fought game against Pewsey’s next opponents Corsham II – winning 35-32. Supermarine couldn’t take the home advantage and lost out to SCOB II 19-26. Melksham II couldn’t field a side giving Swindon II the full 5 points. Westbury continue their unbeaten run coming out on top 39-17 at home against Colerne. The surprise result of the day came when Trowbridge III beat Devizes II 38-34 in what looked like a scintillating match.
As for the league, Westbury remain on top with 39 points and Swindon II close behind on 34 points. The battle for 3rd will take place this weekend where Devizes II currently occupy the spot on 22 points closely followed by Pewsey and Supermarine on 20 points apiece respectively. Corsham II, SCOB II, Melsham II and Trowbridge III hold the middle ground whilst at the bottom of the table Amesbury move from the deck up to 10th with 9 points and Colerne and Combe Down II both on 7 points; the latter sitting at 12th having more points conceded. Colerne however have 3 games in hand having only played 5 of the 8 scheduled fixtures.
This weekend, Pewsey Vale are back on the road to Corsham II where they will hope to continue their form demonstrated during their most recent fixture.
Many thanks to E-Motion Media for providing pictures of the game.