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RUGBY: Wellington 2nds lose by three points
6:50am Monday 15th October 2012 in Sport
Wellington 2nds arrived at the impressive facilities at Castle Cary in confident mood but lost 15-12 to leave with just a losing bonus point.
The team had a slightly different look to it as Ryan Marke and Alistair Cook took over propping duties, Luke Sellick made a welcome return in the second row and club debutant Andy Brown wore the seven shirt. The unbreakable Tim Jenkinson slotted in at outside centre.
The match kicked off with Castle Cary playing down the slope and with the wind. They quickly set their stall out and kicked cleverly for position.
Wellington still seemed to be in the changing room and after a series of drives and a messed up 5m scrum Castle Cary crossed the line for a converted try.
Wellington finally started to wake up and finally came into the match. The lineout was once again Wellington's key strike move, even in the strong wind Andrew Chalker managed to hit his man every time which provided the backs with plenty of good quality ball.
Unfortunately all to often players were being turned over in the tackle and any chances were wasted. Castle Cary took advantage of the let offs and slotted a penalty to leave the scores 10-0 at half time.
After a heated chat at half time, Wellington started the second half with renewed aggression.
Jenkinson moved into the back row which quickly produced a try after he took a tap penalty ten metres out and crossed the line despite the attention of four Castle Cary defenders. Dan Hinton added the extras.
Although Wellington were faring better in the contact situations, wrong decisions cost them dearly, and with Stephen Mason in the sin bin after a late tackle, Castle Cary crossed for another try.
After the restart they continued to press hard and spent 20 minutes camped in the Wellington 22, but Wellington's defence held firm.
Welly worked their way down the field and after the now obligatory driving line out Jenkison was rewarded with his second try. Hinton hit the upright with the conversion attempt.
With seven minutes of time remaining it looked like Wellington might actually pull victory from the jaws of defeat, but once again poor decision making meant the spaces out wide were not exploited and Castle Cary were relieved to hear the final whistle.
Although Castle Cary were a decent side that deserved the win, Wellington seconds knew that they hadn't performed on the day and it they hope to stay in touch with the league leaders then they need to compete for 80 minutes in every match.
Wellington: Ryan Marke, Andrew Chalker, Alistair Cook, Shane Jordan, Luke Sellick, Mike Perry, Andy Brown, Chris Hughes (c), Matt Maddocks, Will Brewer, Konrad Breese, Andrew Bellamy, Tim Jenkinson, Dan Hinton, Alan Jarman, Simon Cook, Stephen Mason.