Shield win means the future is bright for Wootton Bassett
5:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
ROYAL Wootton Bassett head coach Alan Low said that the second XV’s second successive Wiltshire Shield title was a vision into the club’s future.
Bassett’s second string beat Dorchester 12-0 in a hard-fought game of rugby at Trowbridge Rugby Club.
Scores in each half from youth products Tom Fieldsend and Bryn Kinsman were enough to see off a Dorchester side who provided a physical test without offering a lot of threat to the Bassett try line.
One of Bassett’s first XV breakthrough stars of recent weeks has been Josh Lewanituva who starred again at centre alongside Carl Brant and then Grant Murdoch. Along with man-of-the-match fly-half Tom Bloxham, Bassett’s backs isolated the Dorchester number 10 and continually broke the Dorchester defensive ranks, if on occasion trying to over play with the try line in sight.
Low was pleased with the impact of the club’s youngsters in Bassett’s victory.
“We had four colts playing at that level and they were very good, they were really adding some value to the team,” said Low.
“You go through the average age of the side, there was only a couple of guys over 25 in that squad, and some of the guys were well over 25 if you see what I’m saying. It is looking really good (for the future), the more opportunity we get to offer these guys senior rugby the better.”
Second XV coach Paul Shimell was delighted with his side’s win, especially with the way his side defended a big Dorchester pack.
“It was a great achievement to do it two years on the trot. It was Owen Richardson’s penultimate game as captain, he was over the moon. A lot of the players weren’t playing last year and they were a big side,” Shimmell told the Adver.
“The feeling in the changing was just elation, exhausted but elated, a great place to be.
“We had to dig deeper near our line a couple of times. In the second half we took a while to get into their 22, we were held up in our half for about 20 minutes but they didn’t look like crossing our line.”
Shimell agreed with Low that the future looks bright for Bassett with the number of young players playing senior reguby and making an impact in big games like Saturday.
“There’s still a lot to learn for them (the young players), it definitely bodes well for the club, for the seconds and for developing players for the first team.”