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RUGBY UNION: Witney slip up
10:30am Tuesday 11th September 2012 in Sport
South West 1 East
WITNEY were outmuscled by a stronger pack in their 24-16 defeat at Coney Hill.
The visitors had the better of the first half, especially when their backs were able to use their off-loading game.
But Coney Hill turned the screw in their forwards and eventually wore Witney down.
Wing Luke Manning got Witney off to a flier with a length-of-the-field interception try in the first minute.
Five minutes later, Manning slotted a penalty for 8-0.
Witney could not add to their tally, despite being camped in the Coney Hill half.
The hosts got off the mark with a powerful catch-and-drive try and bagged a second from a rolling maul to make it 10-8 at the break.
Coney Hill took advantage as Witney tired, adding two more converted tries.
Manning kicked a second penalty and Witney ended with lock Marc Copperwheat scoring.