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All Blacks down league leaders
7:00am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Rugby
WIMBORNE gave their hopes of a top-three finish in Southern Counties South a huge lift with a 23-8 win at leaders Sherborne.
Gavin Maltman handed the All Blacks the lead on 18 minutes when he collected Tom Moysey’s clever chip, before rounding the defence and touching down under the posts. Moysey added the conversion for a 7-0 advantage.
Despite boasting the lion’s share of possession following the opening score, the visitors had to shuffle their pack after captain Andy Unwin was carried off with a shoulder injury midway through the first period.
But that change didn’t affect the Minstermen.
Moysey slotted over a penalty kick on the half-hour to increase their lead to 10-0, before the hosts were reduced to 13 men after some poor discipline under pressure.
The All Blacks were unable to make their numerical advantage count with points, though, and after losing Matt Morris to injury, Sherborne capitalised with a penalty in front of the posts.
Moysey responded with a kick of his own minutes later, before repeating the feat to extend the All Blacks’ lead midway through the second half.
Jamie Tryska then finished off a swashbuckling move five minutes from time after fine work from Ben Hunt and Max Folkard, with Moysey slotting over the conversion to make the score 23-3.
The home side did bag a late consolation try, but All Blacks coach Jim Kelly said: “It was hard losing our winning run at Frome but we have regrouped and got back to winning ways.”
- Struggling Oakmeadians gave their Southern Counties South survival hopes a boost with a 29-16 win over Corsham. Bournemouth’s clash against Dings in National Two South was postponed due to the weather.