Millwaters pleased as Marine break away
SUPERMARINE head coach Sean Millwaters is delighted with where his club sit in the Dorset & Wilts 1 North table following their 25-3 win over local rivals Fairford.
Matty Dickens, Chris Dawes, Jeff Barrett and Stuart Doughty all crossed the whitewash as Marine took a bonus point victory from the contest, leaving them third in the standings.
At the beginning of the year Millwaters revealed he wanted his side to stay in touch with the league leaders before striking late on and the coach is delighted they are doing just that.
“If we had lost it we wouldn’t have been part of the breakaway group but now we won it there is four points between ourselves and fourth place which is a good situation for us to be in,” he said.
“What we’ve said is that we have to be part of that breakaway group, and we are, but we are also only one defeat away from dropping out of it so it’s important we don’t switch off.
“We have some hard games coming up and we need to be prepared for them, because we have Chippenham and Swindon to play and some other really tough games.”
Millwaters was especially pleased to beat Marine’s local rivals having heard how much importance Fairford had placed on the game in the lead-up.
“It’s a hard game of rugby, it always is, and that’s how it’s pitched,” he said.
“It’s a local derby and they are strong and it was one of those games where we had heard this was the one game they wanted to win all year.
“For us I said this was no more important than any other game we play so we had to go out there with a plan in place, because they have some good ball carriers, and then play our brand of rugby.
“We scored four multi-phase tries which was great to see.
“The conditions were okay and didn’t really change the game or anything, although there was a little shower, and we just played good rugby.”
In Southern Counties North action, depleted Wootton Bassett went down 48-19 away at league leaders Milton Keynes. The loss leaves Alan Low’s side eighth in the table on 10 points.