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Trinity Guild 1st XV - Match centre

Copsewood
Trinity Guild
Tries
F Iaquinta, N Fairchild (2)
Conversions
E Fox (2)
Sat 17 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 5 West (South) Full time

Match Report vs Copsewood RFC

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A really strong Guild squad went away to play local rivals Copsewood, who the Guild failed to beat in three attempts last season.

Head Coach Richard Jenkins was determined to continue the momentum of last week’s performance against Birmingham Exiles and get the win that this hard working Guild squad deserve. Six changes were made from team that started against the previous week against Exiles, but Rich Jenkins was still very confident he had the squad with the ability to beat Copsewood. Clayton Jones and Sean Curley made their 1st XV league debuts for the Guild, with Clayton starting in the No.7 shirt, while Sean was listed as one of the replacements.

The first half didn’t start how the Guild would have wanted. Copsewood started quickly setting up a strong platform with their forwards and their big runners from the centres. Constant pressure on the Guild line for the first half an hour allowed Copsewood to run in three unanswered tries, putting the score at 17-0. Trinity Guild were struggling to hold Copsewood’s strength in the scrum, brought by the experience within their forward pack, with the Guild were letting Copsewood’s slow aggressive game get under their skin, as well as the occasion. The Guild then threw away six kickable points by kicking to touch instead of at the posts, to try force themselves back into the game. When the Guild received a penalty in the Copsewood 22, Captain Macauley Jones opted to go for a try before half time and kicked to touch again. Thankfully this time Guild retained possession from the line out and pushed towards the line, allowing Number 8 Frankie Iaquinta to peel off from the back of the maul and crash over the try line to get Guild’s first points on the board. Full back Ethan Fox successfully converted the try making the score 17-7 at half time.

The first ten minutes of the second half were largely uneventful, with both teams taking time to set up a platform to attack, and countering each teams attacking options. With the Guild scrum still struggling up front, Coach Rich Jenkins decided to make changes within the Forwards, two of which were tactical, with Adam ‘Screech’ Smith’s ankle injury forcing the other substitution, bringing on James Clarke, Mick Dodd and Tim Lovejoy. This tightened up the Guild’s scrum, and allowed the team to gain some momentum and win clean ball from the scrum. After a good ten minute period from Trinity Guild, back row forward Nathan Fairchild crossed the white wash as reward for all of the Guild’s sustained pressure, bringing the score to 17-12. Unfortunately Ethan Fox was unable to convert the try with from a kick tight on the touchline.

The Guild had the momentum with them, and repeatedly pushed and challenged the Copsewood defence. After sustained pressure, Nathan Fairchild stepped inside the Copsewood outside centre and crossed under the posts for his 3rd league try in 2 games. Ethan Fox successfully converted the try making the score Trinity Guild 19 – 17 Copsewood. The Guild’s determination and defence held on to get the win, and the important four points that the team’s hard work deserved.

Coaches Comments – Well done Lads, a deserved win. We made it harder than we should have done and put ourselves under a lot of unnecessary pressure. We can keep this momentum up and move forward to the Rugby Wels game on October 1st. Were currently in a league position we wanted to be,

Key moments

37:00
Try Frankie Iaquinta scores for Trinity Guild
38:00
Conversion Ethan Fox kicks a conversion for Trinity Guild
51:00
Try Nathan Fairchild scores for Trinity Guild
74:00
Try Nathan Fairchild scores for Trinity Guild
75:00
Conversion Ethan Fox kicks a conversion for Trinity Guild

Highlights

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75:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Ethan Fox kicks a conversion for Trinity Guild
74:00 Try 0 - 17
Nathan Fairchild scores for Trinity Guild
65:00 Sub On
Gareth Knights is substituted on for Trinity Guild
65:00 Sub Off
Paul Rimmer is substituted off for Trinity Guild
65:00 Sub Off
Dave Carter is substituted off for Trinity Guild
65:00 Sub On
Sean Curley is substituted on for Trinity Guild
60:00 Sub On
Alan Bamber is substituted on for Trinity Guild
60:00 Sub Off
James Askew is substituted off for Trinity Guild
55:00 Sub Off
Adam Smith is substituted off for Trinity Guild
55:00 Sub On
Tim Leslie is substituted on for Trinity Guild
51:00 Try 0 - 12
Nathan Fairchild scores for Trinity Guild
40:00 Sub Off
Craig Clarke is substituted off for Trinity Guild
40:00 Sub On
James Clarke is substituted on for Trinity Guild
End of period 1
38:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Ethan Fox kicks a conversion for Trinity Guild
37:00 Try 0 - 5
Frankie Iaquinta scores for Trinity Guild
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As it happened

  • Copsewood
  • Trinity Guild
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  • Frankie Iaquinta Try 37:00'
  • Ethan Fox Conversion 38:00'
  • Craig Clarke Sub Off 40:00'
  • James Clarke Sub On 40:00'
  • Nathan Fairchild Try 51:00'
  • Adam Smith Sub Off 55:00'
  • Tim Leslie Sub On 55:00'
  • James Askew Sub Off 60:00'
  • Alan Bamber Sub On 60:00'
  • Paul Rimmer Sub Off 65:00'
  • Gareth Knights Sub On 65:00'
  • Dave Carter Sub Off 65:00'
  • Sean Curley Sub On 65:00'
  • Nathan Fairchild Try 74:00'
  • Ethan Fox Conversion 75:00'

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