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Swanage & Wareham III
Bournemouth III
Sat 20 Apr 14:30 - Cup

SWANS 35 BOURNEMOUTH 8

Sat 20th April saw Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV take on Bournemouth 3rd XV in the final of the Dorset & Wilts 3rd XV Shield at Poole RFC.

Sat 20th April saw Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV take on Bournemouth 3rd XV in the final of the Dorset & Wilts 3rd XV Shield at Poole RFC.

On a lovely sunny afternoon, Swans had the advantage of the light breeze behind them in the first half and from the first whistle put pressure on Bournemouth. Eventually this pressure paid off when Swans were awarded a kickable penalty, duly converted by fly half Dom Smith.
However, this score led to Bournemouth raising their game and soon they had their own chance of a kickable penalty, converted by Chris Mack- 3 all.

Swans however were soon back putting pressure on the Bournemouth line and after a period of sustained pressure, Aaron Barnes went over for the first try of the afternoon. The conversion was missed. Swans continued being camped in the Bournemouth half and this lead to another try this time from fly half Dom Smith, who added the conversion- 15-3 to Swans. Another Swans penalty moved the score out to 18-3.
By now Swans were starting to dominate the game and this lead to 2 further unconverted tries before half time from wing forward Jack Hogg and winger Joe Smart. To leave the half time score 28-3 to Swans.

After the break the pace of the game didn’t slow but Bournemouth came out fighting and after being camped on the Swans line they were rewarded with a try to close the gap to 28-8. As the half progressed however, the warmth of the afternoon as well as the early pace meant the scoring chances became few and far between, with stout defence from both sides stopping any breaks which did occur. There was one last try in the game and that went to Swans, scored again by fly half Dom Smith, who added the conversation to leave the final score 35-8 to Swans.
Credit should go to both sides who battled hard all afternoon.

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