RUGBY: Swindon 2nd 5 Minety 21

MINETY ran in three swashbuckling first-half tries to notch up a convincing Dorset & Wilts One North victory at Swindon, their third win in a row.

For the first 40 minutes, the hosts had no answer to Minety’s relentless pressure.

Forced into errors, Swindon gave away ground and possession and when the ball went loose near their own try line, centre Dave Church was swift to pounce for Minety’s first try.

The second was a true team effort. Having worked their way into Swindon’s 22, Minety won good scrum ball and spun it wide to winger Robin Greenway, who scorched down the touchline to dot down in the corner.

When the dominant pack won possession against the head at a scrum on halfway, number eight Gareth Peirce picked up from the base and set off at a canter before slipping the ball to scrum-half Duncan Simpson.

He passed to full-back Tom Fitzcharles, who sliced through the defence for a try from 40 metres out.

All three tries were successfully converted by Michael New.

Swindon made a spirited response in the second half, but five points was all the home side could muster.

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