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3:00pm Sunday 14th October 2012 in Sport
A DEPLETED Malvern under 16s side could only manage to raise 14 players for their trip to Painswick under 16s, but they battled hard and were rewarded with a 17-17 draw.
In a close, but slightly untidy first-half, Malvern held their own and even took the lead just before the break through a Jack Travis penalty.
This advantage was increased in the second period with tries by Laurie Essenhigh and Max Hill – both converted by Travis – either side of one for Painswick, to give Malvern a 17-5 lead.
But in the final quarter, the home side were able to use all their bench to bring on fresh legs and Malvern had to show a huge depth of character to maintain their defensive line as their tackle- count increased.
Painswick scored two more tries and, with Malvern having one of their own efforts disallowed, the match ended in a draw.
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