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12

OCT

Marlborough 0 - Salisbury 83
Marlborough suffered their heaviest defeat in years at the hands of league leaders Salisbury at the common on Saturday.
Marlborough knew that the task in hand would be tough, with some key personnel missing through early season injury and general unavailability, but this shouldn’t detract from the open, running brand of rugby that the visitors played to such a high tempo.
Marlborough started the game fairly brightly, and thought that they could hold the top side in Southern Counties South League, but after just a few minutes Salisbury crossed for their first try, their first of many throughout the afternoon. With their fly half converting the majority of their tries, the score was always going to be large. With Marlborough holding their own in the set piece, especially the scrum, there was an attacking platform for the home side, however Salisbury’s dominance always told in the loose, with gathering turnover ball. With the Marlborough defence spread in attacking positions, Salisbury found the best way to attack was through the middle, with some deft offloading out of the tackle, and made yard after yard throughout the afternoon, and found themselves in great field positions. With strong running forwards and a well-drilled back line, the points continued to flow for the visitors.
There were some positives to take from the match for the home side with the 2nd row of Shaun Anderson and Jack Lynd proving strong in the scrum, and the long awaited debut of Cain Price, from the subs bench following his injury.
This weekend Marlborough travel to face Wootton Bassett in the 1st round of the Wilts and Dorset cup, and will be looking to give some opportunities to fringe players to prove their worth, as well as looking to give some game time to a hatful of players returning from various injuries.
Author: Nathan Morgan

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