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Rugby Union - Hale on form but Malvern miss out
9:00am Saturday 27th October 2012 in Sport
IMPROVING Malvern could not halt Redingensians Rams’ progress as the Spring Lane hosts lost 22-15 in National League Three South West.
Following the previous week’s 29-28 loss at struggling Oxford Harlequins, their self-belief will have been boosted by a better display against one of the preseason promotion favourites.
The sides tested each other in a tense first half-hour with the big Berkshire pack keeping Malvern’s defence busy.
The stalemate was broken when the visitors forced a scrum and switched the ball to go over in the corner.
Malvern forced a five-metre scrum and their lighter pack drove Rams backwards with winger Tom Hale collecting a loose ball to speed through, making it 5-5 at half-time.
The second period saw Malvern press hard but they lost centre Nick Miller to injury.
However, Rams infringed at a breakdown and Adam Dixon put over the penalty in the 54th minute.
But the Reading team brought their big forwards into play more to snatch back the lead with a converted try on the hour mark.
Rams went further ahead through a penalty and ensured the victory with a try from what appeared to be a forward pass.
Malvern, however, showed plenty of spirit and replied as James Southall’s jinking run caused confusion and Luke Milton scored in the corner.
Dixon converted to ensure a losing bonus point as Malvern could feel aggrieved not to at least share the spoils.