The away showed first in this encounter at a wet and windy Memorial Ground, with some early pressure which lead to a penalty pretty much in front of the posts which was duly converted. The home side playing up the hill and against the wind, then slowly got into the game. A great breakout from bearded Back Row Pat Clarke, let to a penalty in the shadow of the posts, veteran loose head prop Tony Hayes sniffed half a chance, so took a quick tap and burrowed his way over the line for the opening try of the game, which he also stepped and and duly added the conversion.
Malvern stepped up and really started to utilise the conditions pinning the V’s back well into their own half, two pretty much identical breaks from their excellent Scrum Half led to two tries in quick succession which meant that they went into the half with a 15 points to 7 lead.
The V’s got straight into it in the second half, and following a pin point penalty kick to the corner from Hayes, the V’s Line out functioned perfectly with an arrow from Debutant Hooker Nat Longhorn, the ball was spun out to the back to Fly Half Taylor Moore who executed the perfect grubber kick through for Scrum Half Jay Oliver to gather and slide over under the posts which Hayes duly converted.
Malvern rolled their sleeves up and again came straight back at the home side, and following a concerted amount of pressure forced a penalty close to the post which was knocked over to increase their lead to four points.
The V’s gathered themselves and forced their way forward, and with five minutes to go in the game forced a ruck close to the line, and with some slick rolling work young back row Rob Leslie spun his way out of a tackle to emphatically slam the ball over the line for what became the decisive score and a one point win.