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A Fourth Double for Malvern

Nuneaton Old Edwardians 18 - 25 Malvern

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2015 02:57pm
Malvern, Malvern Hills
By Peter Woods
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Malvern secured a fourth double of the season at Weddington Road on Saturday, but not before they had to contain a determined fight back by the Warwickshire side in the second half.

The first half started well for the Spring Lane side as they took play to the hosts with a series of determined attacks. A penalty took them into the home 22 metre area, James Southall worked the ball well and lock Dave Smith was on hand to score a rare but well taken try. Malvern continued to dictate the game, snuffing out any Nuneaton threats in midfield and taking play back into their half. A penalty from 32 metres out was converted by Ben King to stretch Malvern’s lead, then from the restart Conor Giggle made inroads to the home 5 metre line, play was quickly switched across to the other wing and Jordan Nwachukwu stormed through to go over for a try, King converting.   Nuneaton fought back with a couple of well taken long range penalties but Malvern regained their composure and Richard Fleming and Giggle combined well to once more get close to the home goal line. Craig Freeman won the ball and it was quickly moved to the backs, skipper Luke Milton joining the line to go over and give Malvern a seemingly comfortable half time lead at 6-20.

The second session was a very different affair. The Nuneaton side were galvanised by the half time talk from their coaches and came out with all guns blazing, putting Malvern under intense examination deep in their own half for long periods of time. Only a mixture of strong Malvern defence and Nuneaton errors kept them from scoring and it was about halfway into the session before Malvern were able to cross into home territory, courtesy of a penalty. From the resultant throw in Malvern once more shunted the ball across the line and Nwachukwu was again on hand to go over after a 40 metre run to score his second try and secure a bonus point. Playing with heart and pride, the Old Eds didn’t give up, and again laid siege to the Malvern line, scoring a try out wide as the Malvern defence seemed to lose its shape. Spurred on by the home crowd, they breached the middle of the Malvern defence once more to score a soft try which gave them a losing bonus point and Malvern were relieved when the referee blew for no side.

Director of Rugby David Irish said “It was that old cliché of a game of two halves. We were well in control until the break but with a two score cushion seemed to lose focus and allow them to get back into the game. Thankfully Jordan’s second half score kept us ahead and we were just able to contain them enough for the win. We will be addressing the concentration issues in training over the next two weeks before our next game at home to a tough and improving Old Coventrians side on 21st March.”

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