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1st XV - Match centre

Swanage & Wareham
Sat 14 Nov 14:15 - South West Divsion - South West 1 East Full time

1st XV v Grove

Match Report 1st xv vs Grove



​​In their most recent home game, Swanage & Wareham played hosts to Grove who hail from Oxfordshire.
​​Playing against a fearsome wind in the first half, Swans had difficulty getting the ball away from their own 22, but with the defence controlling the game, Swans held out. However, the pressure eventually told. After twelve minutes a grub kick from a Grove centre, sent one of the Grove wingers free, he outpaced the defence to score a try in the corner. This was converted by the fly half giving Grove a 7pts advantage. Grove continued in the ascendancy, but Swans defended brilliantly for the next twenty minutes, but could get out of their own half. With the wind playing an important role in the game, Grove finally broke through the Swans defence with a move down the left bringing an unconverted try in the corner. This was the half time score Swans 0pts Grove 12pts.
​​Now it was Swans turn to have the advantage of the wind, but the Grove defence was as resolute as Swans were in the first half, preventing Swans from scoring early in the second half. Swans tried line out catch/drive moves and also tried push over scrums, but no impression was made to the score. However on 63 minutes a slick move to the three-quarters had Swans full back Callum Young coming into the line to score a try half way out. Centre Phil Graves added the extras bringing the score to 7pts – 12pts. Four minutes later at a turnover on Swans 10 metre line Grove snaffled the ball and raced away to score a try(7pts – 17pts). Swans continued to press the Grove line, but on 72 minutes an interception enabled Grove to sprint from their own 22 to score their fourth try of the game. Two minutes later from a scrum close to the Grove line, Swans pack forced their way over the try line with captain John Sheldrake scoring. Phil Graves added the conversion. Try as much as they could Swans could not close the gap as Grove took the game 14pts – 22pts.
Swans team:- C.Young, P.Adkins, M.Spencer, P.Graves, A.Parry, W.Slack, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake,R.Elford, Z.Wyburgh, J.Pilkington,W Corsie, T.Ford, B.Dennett, K.Jones, N.Audley, J.Scott, D.Elford.

Swans vs Grove
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Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 12pts Blandford 1st XV 17pts D/W1(S)
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 15pts New Milton 3rd XV 8pts D/W3(S)

GAMES NEXT WEEK 21st November
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v Salisbury league SW1(East)​Away​​2.30 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v Lytchett Minster 1st XV D/W1(S) Home​​2.30 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v Wimborne 3rd XV D/W3(S)​Away​​2.30 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 4th XV v Blandford 2nd XV D/W4​​Home​​2.30 p.m.

RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)

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Swans vs Grove
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Swans vs Grove

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Swanage & Wareham 16 75
2. Dorset Dockers 14 60
3. Oakmeadians 14 45
4. Wimborne II 14 44
5. Weymouth & Portland 16 36
6. Sherborne II 16 31
7. Blandford 15 26

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