1st xv Match Report vs Sherborne
Swans 1st xv start the season with a win away to Sherborne, with debutant Isak Romanillos scoring his first try for Swans.
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
SHERBORNE 0pts SWANAGE & WAREHAM 21pts
Swanage & Wareham managed an away victory against Sherborne in their first venture in Southern Counties League, Swans played quite well, but the home side put up some resistance in the second half.
Swans started with an early try in the second minute, as Sherborne were penalised. Swans put the ball into the corner and with a line out catch/drive move captain and prop, John Sheldrake forced his way over the line for a try. Fly half Phil Graves added the extras to put the visitors seven points ahead. From thereon play was somewhat scrappy as both sides were making several unforced errors which was not surprising as it was the first game of the season for both teams. A series of penalties resulted with neither side having much of an advantage. However from the half hour mark Swans were starting to put pressure on the hosts, and with four minutes to go to the interval Swans managed a penalty to the corner, tried a catch / drive move, and a few phases later, back row forward Matt Roberts picked up the ball and forced his way over the whitewash.
Phil Graves added the conversion giving Swans a 0pts – 14pts half time lead.
The second half was virtually one way traffic towards the Sherborne line, as the hosts failed to get into the Swans half for all of the period. Swans could have had plenty of opportunity to score but a series of knock -ons, turnovers and mistakes by Swans’ players resulted in a frustrating day for Swans followers. However with ten minutes to go, another series of Swans’ attacks led to new centre Isak Romanillos gathering the ball and crossing the try line. Phil Graves added the extras. Try as they may Swans could not in the last ten minutes cross the line for the bonus point try so had to be satisfied with an away victory and the four points.
Swans team:-T.Stephens, P.Adkins, I. Romanillos, D.Elford, K.Barton, P.Graves, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, .R.Elford, Z.Wyburgh(N.Audley 59) D.Penney, D.Collins(B. Ilaisa 47),J.Desmond (B.Dennett 63) M.Roberts, K.Jones.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 8pts Dorchester 22pts league D/W1(S)
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 15pts Dinton 49pts league D/W3(S)
GAMES NEXT WEEK 17th September
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Frome league SCS Home 3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v.Oakmeadians league D/W1(S) Away3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Weymouth &P league D/W3(S) Away3.00 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)