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RFU County Shield - Leicestershire 49 v Dorset & Wilts. 15

3 years ago By Swans Webmaster

Dorset & Wilts will have to wait another year if they are to run out at Twickenham for a third time....

Dorset & Wilts will have to wait another year if they are to run out at Twickenham for a third time.

A mere glance at the team sheet made obvious the enormity of the Twin Counties task, missing five from the squad that overcame Hampshire last weekend due to work commitments and a wedding.
The visitors were up against a side made up from the nucleus of players from two level five clubs where as the Dorset and Wilts selectors had to provide a team from players who compete in clubs at least one or two divisions below. However, they did take a 10 points to 8 lead into the second quarter, courtesy of an interception by skipper and Royal Wootton Bassett's, Dave Hogg, who put Swanage and Wareham fly half Charlie Parish clear to run in and touch down for a try, with Dave Hogg adding the conversion to an earlier penalty.

When the Twin Counties hooker Luke Esnouf from Salisbury was yellow carded the home team took full advantage with their visitors down to 14 running in a couple of tries to take a 30 points to 10 lead into the break. After the turn around the Leicestershire pack began to boss the game despite all of the efforts from the Twin Counties forwards who tried their best, but were just overpowered by the size of their opponents.

Despite this, the visitors did manage to cross the home line once more when Sherborne full back Tom Lane burst clear to score a try that went unconverted.

Where next?

The Swanage & Wareham R.F.C. Open Golf Championship has been resurrected ! Friday 24th July at Wareham Golf Club from 2 p.m., £25 - Round, Meal and Prizes..........
Dorset & Wilts v Hampshire @ Swans RFC this weekend! Up to 7 Swans players in county team this weekend.....

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