Malvern Injury HooDoo Strikes Again

Malvern 17 - 39 Silhillians

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 08:40pm
Malvern, Malvern Hills
By Peter Woods
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Malvern 17 Silhillians 39

Malvern were caught napping by a very competent and organised Silhillians team as the visitors went on the attack from the start. An early penalty was quickly followed by an opening try as they bombarded the Malvern defence, picking up after a home fumble and winning a scrum from which they slickly moved the ball around. It was an error which led to the Birmingham side’s next score as Malvern won a penalty but failed to find touch, the opposition running it back for another try. At 17-0 down inside 20 minutes the home crowd was understandably quiet, but Malvern responded well, the forwards picking and driving and the backs joining in to get into the Sils 22 area for the first time. Skipper Luke Milton picked up an early injury and Luke Beasley-Suffolk came on in his place as Malvern continued their fight back but the Silhillians defence proved to be better on the day and repelled the home advance. George Roberts then went on a run as the Spring Lane side sharpened up their act, then Connor Giggle picked up and fed Tom Hale, who powered his way through three tackles to score and set up Will Gough’s conversion. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed at the restart as the visitors ran the ball back and carved open a leaky defence to score again. The next restart saw Malvern win a turnover, but an ill-judges loose kick saw them give the ball away and Sils once again scored just before the break. 

Hale also left the field, a recurrence of an old shoulder injury putting him on the long list of Malvern’s wounded. Malvern made mini-resurgence as Giggle fed Roberts who in turn sent Rory Atkins in for a well deserved try. Beasley-Suffolk was the next to leave the field as he acquired a hamstring pull as Malvern continued to try to fight back. Roberts broke to the 22 but his offload was spilled. Malvern still pounded away and forced Sils into giving away a penalty which Gough put over, bringing the home team to within two scores, but they were again the architects of their own downfall, once more kicking aimlessly to surrender possession. Sils immediately punished this profligacy by putting in a kick and chase which their winger won to stretch their lead again. Malvern again went on the attack, driving at the away line, Josh Herbert going on the burst as Sils began to leak penalties and collecting a yellow card in the process. However, their defence continued to repel Malvern’s attempt to cross the line and they drove off a scrum to win a clearing penalty. That was to be Malvern’s final chance of scoring, as Sils had the last word with a well worked try in the corner. From the restart, Malvern suffered another blow as Frankie Purcell, chasing the kick, was concussed as the referee signalled the end of the game.

Malvern Director of Rugby David Irish was disappointed with his side’s showing, saying “We gave away at least three tries through our own naivety to a side which has been playing at a higher level and is obviously well drilled. However, I’m more concerned with the immediate future, having picked up four more injuries today which are leaving our squad looking rather thin. Whilst a couple may be sorted by the physios in the week, there are some serious casualties who look to be out for the long term. We have a cup match at home to Camp Hill next Saturday before travelling to Southam for our next league game in a fortnight.”

Kick off for the Intermediate Cup match at Spring Lane is 3.00pm on Saturday 15th October.


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