Strong Swans win away to Frome
Swans good form continues with an away win and bonus point.....
Swanage and Wareham RFC had to travel to Frome for their first away league game this season, and came from there with a bonus point victory, which takes them to the top of the Southern Counties (South) league.
Swans were first to score when Frome gave away a penalty after five minutes, which Swans fly half Charlie Parish landed. Swans were putting the hosts under severe pressure, but on most occasions enabled Frome to clear their lines. However, on 18 minutes Parish broke clear, passed to centre Matt Roberts who set Charlie Rowberry clear to score Swans first try.(0pts – 8pts). Frome were not to be denied, and when they eventually moved into Swans territory, The ball was passed through the Frome backs to the right winger who scored in the corner.(7pts – 8pts). Despite Swans pressure they could not score any more points in the first half, leaving the score 7pts – 8pts at the break.
In the first minute of the second half, Swans hooker and captain Robert Elford, forced his way from inside the host 22, shrugging off several tackles, to crash over the line for a brilliant individual try. Parish landed the extras. (7pts – 15pts). Despite pressure it was another 20 minutes before a break by Parish set him clear and just as he was about to be tackled, moved the ball to winger Karl Barton who went in for Swans third try.(7pts – 20pts). Five minutes later full back Callum Baird broke clear, should have passed to Barton again, but was tackled close to the line. Frome won the ball at the breakdown, but as the full back attempted to clear his lines, Baird charged the ball down, the ball ballooned over the head of the Frome full back and Callum Baird, a recruit from Swans sister club, Balfour in New Zealand, was on hand to score Swans bonus point try. Parish converted (7pts – 27pts). With ten minutes to go Frome scored a consolation try in the corner after an error in Swans defence, to make the final score 12pts to Frome and Swans 27pts.
Swans team:- C.Baird, C. Rowberry, M.Roberts, M.Cottrell, K.Barton, C.Parish, C.Tomes, N.Audley, R.Elford, Z.Wyburgh, D.Collins, J. Hogg, J.Scott(K.Jones52), D.Wright,, J.Desmond. unused replacements J,Sheldrake, D.Elford.