Swanage & Wareham U18 28 Oameadians 10
Oaks travelled to Bestwall with a strong squad and high hopes after a hard fought victory against Swans U17s two weeks ago.
However Swans were determined to gain revenge for the recent loss of the U17s and also maintain their 100% merit table record and position at the top of their pool in the D&W U18 competition.
Swans start was impressive, playing at a high tempo and intensity that Oaks struggled to cope with in the early exchanges and after a series of quick rucks they spun the ball wide for full back Jacob Cumming to burst clear and go over in the corner. Swans continued to attack and after a sharp break from winger Tom Tombs the ball was re-cycled quickly for Logan Lawson to spot a gap on the short side and go over untouched for a well taken try. Swans extended the lead further when Steve Woolley converted a straightforward penalty chance.
As it was looking like Swans might run away with things Oaks dug deep and started to take the match to Swans through their big forwards with a series of pick and drives and some hard runs from their impressive centre. Swans were giving too much ground at the tackle and were starting to lose the contact area and Oaks scored two deserved unconverted tries to leave the score 13 -10 to Swans at half time.
The players all agreed during the half time huddle that we had to increase our line speed and physicality at the tackle area or there was a real danger the match could slip away. Thankfully for Swans they did and after a good cross kick from Woolley, prop Ben Bennett forced his way over to extend the Swans lead to 18 - 10.
Swans were now dominating territory and although the Oaks team and especially their forwards continued to fight hard, they were struggling to gain field position to strike with any attacks. Woolley converted another penalty to provide some breathing space and shortly afterwards Miles Fergusson broke from the base of a scrum on the half way to feed Lawson who timed his pass well for winger Conrad Phillips to show his electric pace running in from around 50m. The kick was converted and Swans had sealed a good victory against an improving Oaks squad.
Swans can look to the rest of the season with great optimism, with a growing squad, excellent numbers at training and the knowledge that the talented duo of Finn Watkins and Alex Moore will shortly return from County duty.
Great squad effort today - Well done to all.
Tries: Jacob Cumming, Logan Lawson, Ben Bennett, Conrad Phillips
Conversions: Steve Woolley
Penalties: Steve Woolley 2
Squad: George King, Lewis Allen, Ben Bennett, Charlie Joynt (C), Finn Hill, Ruan Friskney, Ryan Hull, Miles Fergusson, Logan Lawson, Stephen Woolley, Tom Tombs, Barnaby Knibb, Harry Spiers, Conrad phillips, Jacob Cumming, Tristan Hastings, Will Aspinal, Tom Berry, Callum Smith, Jack McDermott, Ben Williams