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Swanage & Wareham RFC
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - Cup Full time

Match Report

1st xv Vs Sherborne 1st xv Cup



​​Having lost heavily away to the visitors only a fortnight ago, Swans needed to put on a better performance in the first round of the cup, at home.
​​It did look good early on, as a wayward the kick by Swans found the Sherborne full back, who set his three-quarters going and after only three minutes, the visitors went in for an early try which was converted.(0pts – 7pts). After ten minutes Swans could have reduced the arrears but the penalty drifted wide. Sherborne cleared, and a few minutes later had a penalty which took them into Swans 22. A line out and a few phases had Sherborne scoring their second converted try after 17 minute.(0pts – 14pts). A couple of penalties took Swans to within 5 metres of the visitors line, and with a catch/drive move, Swans flanker Matt Roberts went over the line. Full back Stephen Woolley added the extras.(7pts – 14pts) after 25 minutes. In the final quarter of an hour, both sides had a chance to increase their scores, but handling errors by both teams negated any score. Half Time Swans 7pts Sherborne 14pts.
​​Just three minutes into the second half a penalty enabled Swans to get into the visitors 22 and with another catch /drive move Swans scrum half Chris Tomes was on hand to score Swans second try.(12pts – 14pts). There was some open play by both teams in the second half, but after 65 minutes Sherborne broke clear to score another converted try.(12pts – 21pts). The visitors put some pressure on Swans defence, and on 70 minutes a scrum close to Swans line had the Sherborne fly half breaking clear to score half way out.(12pts – 26pts). Swans retaliated with attacking play, and with five minutes to go, Swans’ captain and prop forward Nick Audley forced his way over the line to give Swans a chance at 17pts – 26pts.However with time running out a chip through the Sherborne defence had Swans full back Stephen Woolley winning the race for the ball to score out wide. He failed with the conversion, leaving Swans out of the cup with defeat by 22pts – 26pts.
Swans team;- S.Woolley, C.Parish, F.Watkins, D.Elford, A.Smith, J.Warren, C.Tomes, N.Audley, J.Daniels, Z.Wyburgh, C.Joynt, H.Oliver, C.McCaffrey, M.Roberts , J.Desmond. replacments – O.Andrews, A.Dicker, T.Haw, P.Graves.​
Wednesday 27 September
Bovington Bisons v. 3RSME(Army league game) played at Bestwall​​7.00 p.m.
Saturday 30th September
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Trowbridge( league SCS)​​Home​​3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Dorchester(league DW1)​​Away​​3.00 p.m.

RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)

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