In a fiercely contested cup encounter Tewkesbury were narrowly edged in the final minutes of a thrilling game to a 19-24 defeat by Wellington.

Starting the game strongly with a converted breakaway try Tewkesbury were dominant in the set plays and fluent with ball in hand. Reduced to 14 players through a sin bin decision late in the first half Tewkesbury were resolute in defending their try line to go into the break with a narrow lead.

The second half started brightly with both sides looking to gain the upper hand. A harsh decision early in the half reduced Tewkesbury to 14 players for the remainder of the game. However with forward dominance in the set piece continuing Tewkesbury extended their lead. Entering the final five minutes behind Wellington secured a fine breakaway try to narrow the gap. With minutes remaining of the tight contest Wellington again broke free scoring a second late try to secure the win by five points at the death.


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