New-look Supermarine edge thriller at Melksham
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
A RAFT of radical selection decisions paid off for Sean Millwaters and his new-look Supermarine side as they came from behind to claim a narrow 25-24 victory at Melksham.
Josh Paradise scampered in for the winning try in the second half of the Dorset & Wilts 1 North clash, but things didn’t look so promising early on as the side featuring 10 positional changes slipped to 12-0 down.
The majority of the Marine players found themselves playing in new positions following last week’s home loss to Minety, including number eight Dai Wilson switching to prop, prolific winger Matty Dickens switching to flanker and Stu Dawson and Cillian Spain swapping places at full-back and fly-half.
After the inevitable rusty start the new-look side eventually found their feet and produced a superb comeback to win the contest, much to the relief of brave head coach Millwaters.
“We made a few radical decisions on selection this week which raised a few eyebrows, but all in all the result vindicated our decision in the end,” he said.
“There were 10 positional changes in the team but only one new player brought in, and we looked at it against Minety and then again in training and there were some areas we highlighted that we not working.
“We changed it and were willing to be judged by our decisions, but these guys know how we play rugby and the number on your back makes very little difference in that style apart from at set piece.
“Dai Wilson moved to tighthead prop and took his opponent to the cleaners and he did very well, and his core strength was brilliant so he will stay there now I think.
“We were a bit rusty in the first 15 minutes which was always going to happen with so many changes, and we went 12-0 down and we were getting a bit worried.
“But we eventually got going and for 20 minutes in the second half we really clicked and played the best rugby we have played season.”
Elsewhere in the division Minety beat Swindon 2nds 26-5 to go second in the league table.
The home pack got things off to a fine start with a well-worked catch and drive from an attacking lineout, from which number eight Jack Ward broke from the back of the maul to touch down. The forward was at it again minutes later but this time popped the ball to winger Elis Garland who flew in for the second try.
Garland also helped set up the third try as he threw a superb long pass to fellow winger Duncan Simpson who galloped over the line for the score.
Simpson added another before Luke Radcliffe’s penalty made it 23-0 at the break, and although Swindon came back into the game in the second 40 minutes the damage had already been done.
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