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1st XV - Match centre

North Dorset
Swanage & Wareham
Sat 14 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties South Full time

Match Report

1st xv vs North Dorset


​​In their penultimate game in Southern Counties league Swans had to travel to Gillingham, to play North Dorset at their Slaughtergate ground, hoping for a win to boost their chances of staving off relegation.
​​It did not look good as Swans gave away a penalty after 6 minutes which was converted to give the hosts a 3pts advantage. However, Swans responded and after a penalty to Swans which took them into the North Dorset 22, the ball was worked back to fly half Stephen Woolley, who scored in the corner after 12 minutes.(3pts – 5pts). From the restart, Swans powered their way into the North Dorset 22, and after a few phases fly half Stephen Woolley worked his way over the try line close to the posts. Woolley added the extras( 3pts – 12pts) after 15 minutes. 5 minutes later a move by North Dorset had their right winger scoring in the corner to bring the score closer at 10pts – 12pts. A couple of penalties were awarded to Swans to take them back into the home sides territory and a third was in range so Steve Woolley duly slotted the ball over.(10pts – 15pts) on 27 minutes. The play was even as they got closer to the interval, but a penalty to Swans took them into the North Dorset 22, and from a catch/drive move Swans powered their way over the try line, Chris Tomes claiming the score out wide. Half Time North Dorset 10pts Swans 20pts.
​​It was an even start to the second half, but from a scrum on the halfway line, the hosts moved the ball out to a winger who outpaced the Swans’ defence to score half way out.(17pts – 20pts) after 47 minutes. Swans had a drive close to the North Dorset try line, but this was held up and North Dorset cleared their lines. Swans gave away another penalty which the hosts converted.(20pts – 20pts) after 55 minutes. However Swans came back at the opposition and in a move down the left Swans’ other centre Adam Smith scored close to the posts. Woolley added the extras after 62 minutes(20pts – 27pts). Swans were now on top and from a catch/drive move the ball was worked back to Chris Tomes after 66 minutes, who scored his second try. Swans increased their lead to 20pts – 34pts after Woolley’s conversion. Another penalty from the boot of Steve Woolley took Swans score to 37pts after 75 minutes. Chris Tomes was led off with 3 minutes to go, and a cross kick by North Dorset’s fly half was caught in the corner by a winger who scored out wide.(25pts – 37pts). In the 80th minute a break by North Dorset centre enabled them to secure a losing bonus point as he put some semblance of respectability to the score as Swans were the better side on the day.
Swans team:- W.Slack, H.Spyers, A.Smith, M.Roberts, L.Hardy, S.Woolley, C.Tomes(P.Graves 77), Z.Wyburgh, R.Elford, O.Andrews,D.Penney, A.Dicker, C.Joynt, C.McCaffrey, J.Large, J.Desmond.

North Dorset 2nd XV 57pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 25pts.

Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Sherborne ​SCS​​​Home​​3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Weymouth & P D/W1​​Away​​3.00 p.m.

RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Frome 21 47
7. Yeovil 22 47
8. Devizes 22 45
9. Swindon College Old Boys 21 37
10. Walcot 22 37
11. Swanage & Wareham 22 36
12. Blandford 22 22

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