1st xv Match Report
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
DEVIZES 22pts SWANAGE & WAREHAM 8pts.
In Swans latest game they were away to Devizes in Southern Counties (South), and after an impressive start, problems with yellow cards in the second half was their undoing.
From the kick off, Swans were on top, and a series of three penalties took them into the Devizes 22. Another penalty was awarded, and Matt Roberts took a quick tap, evaded the home defence and scored a try out wide after 6 minutes. ( 0pts – 5pts). From the restart, Devizes racked up nine penalties in quick succession putting Swans under severe pressure. Most of the penalties were in the contact area as Swans continued to offend. However no matter how Devizes tried Swans defence held firm, as the hosts tried catch/drive moves to try to restore the points difference. A couple of penalties by Swans relieved the attacks and at half time Swans led by the Roberts try.
Swans did not learn from the first half, and gave away three more penalties in the first ten minutes of the second half. After 50 minutes a clever chip through Swans defence had a Devizes winger diving over the ball out wide. The conversion was successful(7pts – 5pts). Five minutes later Devizes gave away a penalty in their own 22, which Stephen Woolley converted( 7pts – 8pts). A high ball resulted in a yellow card for a Swans centre, and from the resulting penalty Devizes ran through for a try.(12pts – 8pts) after 57 minutes.
The play was quite even for the next ten minutes, with both sides giving away numerous penalties, but from a maul on Swans line, Swans offended again resulting in another yellow card. Devizes opted for a scrum under Swans posts and with a drive the home side scored a push over try (17pts – 8pts) after 75 minutes. From the restart Devizes put the ball back into Swans 22 and from the contact area another yellow card resulted for a Swans flanker. Another scrum close to the try line ended with a push over try by Devizes giving them the bonus point, leaving Swans with nothing for their efforts.
Swans team:- A.Smith, L.Hardy, I.Romanillos, D.Elford,W.Slack, S.Woolley, C.Tomes, Z.Wyburgh, J.Daniels, N.Audley, A.Dicker, D.Wright, K.Jones, M.Roberts, J.Desmond, replacements- O.Andrews, L.Smith, F.Watkins.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 8pts Oakmeadians 1st XV 37pts D/W1
Wimborne 3rd XV 28pts Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 12pts. D/W3
18th November—No games as it is a Reserve week
25th November –
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Frome SCSHome2.30 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Salisbury 2nd Away2.30 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)