1st xv Match Report
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
BLANDFORD 34pts SWANAGE & WAREHAM 7pts.
Swans went to Blandford in this game which had been post pond from the 3rd of March due to storm Emma, and in the end they succumbed to a heavy defeat from the bottom of the league team.
Playing against a severe gale force wind, with snow showers Swans were soon under pressure, with the hosts camping in the Swans’ 22. Swans defence held on for 15 minutes, but with a line out catch/drive Blandford took the lead. Three minutes later a push over try from a scrum had the hosts leading by 10pts – nil. A couple of penalties to Swans had them attacking the Blandford line, keeping the ball tight, and after 30 minutes Swans’ no. 8 Kirk Jones dived over the try line. Stephen Woolley added the extras( 10pts – 7pts). However Blandford managed to get back into Swans 22 and with the final move of the half Blandford forced their way over the try line for a converted try. Half Time- Bandford 17pts Swanage & Wareham 7pts.
Everybody expected Swans to dominate the second half with the wind, but a couple of scrums went against the head and Blandford seemed to take control, and after 48 minutes after a couple of penalties conceded by Swans the hosts forced their over the line for another converted try(24pts – 7pts). Swans continued to give away a series of penalties, Blandford controlled the scrums and Swans appeared not to know what to do about it. With 72 minutes gone once again Blandford forced their way through the Swans defence to score a try in the corner(29pts – 7pts) . To finish off once again the home side made ground to score in the corner making the final score Blandford 34pts Swanage & Wareham 7pts.
Swans Team:- K.Barton, L.Hardy, C. McCaffrey, S.Woolley,H.Spyers, J.Warren, C.Tomes, N.Audley, J.Ovey, Z.Wyburgh, D.Penney, A.Dicker, T.Ford, J.Large, K.Jones. Replacements M.Peters, R.Elford, C. Phillips
GAMES NEXT WEEK 24th March
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Frome (SCS)Away3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Salisbury 2nd XV D/W1Home3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Ellingham & RAway3.00 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)