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1st XV - Match centre

Swanage & Wareham
Sat 17 Sep 15:00 - South West Division - Southern Counties South Full time

1st xv Match Report vs Frome

Hooker Robert Elford stars with a man of the match performance...



​​In their first home game of the season in Southern Counties league, Swanage & Wareham welcomed Frome rugby club to Bestwall last weekend, and after an initial surprise Swans came out comfortable victors.
​​Swans attacked the Frome line early on, but after only three minutes a long clearance by the Frome flyhalf Joss Winduss caught Swans off-guard, and Frome winger William Delaittre – Smith raced through to run round to score under the posts. Winduss added the extras to put Frome seven points up. Swans immediately replied with a 5 metre scrum, went blind to winger Jason Chadwick who scored half way out. Phil Graves landed the conversion to level the scores after 8 minutes. In the act of scoring Chadwick pulled a ham string and was replaced by Jacob Warren. Swans continued on the offensive and after 23 minutes were awarded a penalty which resulted in a 5 metre catch /drive move with hooker Robert Elford powering over the line(12pts – 7pts). After half an hour a line out on the Frome 22 metres line, saw a switch ball move back to Elford who ran the 22 metres unopposed to score a try under the posts. Phil Graves added the extras to put Swans 19pts – 7pts ahead at the interval.
​​It did not take Swans long to increase their lead after the break, with a chip through the Frome defence with Swans winger Pat Adkins following up to score in the corner after 43 minutes (24pts – 7pts). Swans added another try after 50 minutes when after a series of phases close to the Frome line had Swans’ scrum half Chris Tomes working his way over the try line. Graves converted 31pts – 7pts. In the next ten minutes or so Frome came back into the game, forcing some mistakes by Swans, and getting penalties to push Swans on the defensive. Just before the hour mark from outside Swans 22 metres line Winduss produced a drop goal to put Frome into double figures on the scoreboard. As Frome tired in the last quarter, Swans forwards came into the action with after 68 minutes as Joe Desmond, Swans’ no.8 powered over the line from ten metres for a converted try (38pts – 10pts).With 4 minutes left, Swans took a quick tap penalty inside the Frome 22 and once again Joe Desmond crashed over the visitors try line out wide, making the final score 43pts – 10pts giving Swans 5 league points. Swans manager Tom Dillon said” I am pleased with the improved performance today, there are a few things we can work on in training, but it was a satisfying effort”
Swans team:- K.Barton, P.Adkins, I.Romanillos, D.Elford, J.Chadwick(J.Warren 10), P.Graves, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, R.Elford, Z.Wyburgh, D.Collins( N.Audley 50), D.Penney, T.Ford, B.Dennett, J.Desmond.

Oakmeadians 1st XV 24pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 17pts
Weymouth & Portland 2nd XV 53pts Swanage & Wareham 0pt

GAMES NEXT WEEK 24th September
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Blandford (D/W Cup)​​Home​3.00 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v Swindon 2nd XVD/W Cup)​Home 3.00 p.m.

On 1st October swans are running a coach to Trowbridge for a 1st XV and Colts fixture- For more information contact Tom Dillon on 07412122292
Swanage & Wareham RFC, in conjunction with the RFU aimed at are running a Return to Rugby programme. This takes place on a Tuesday evenings from 6.30 p.m. and is primarily an hour of enjoyable skills, training and non-contact games, aimed at former players and those looking try out rugby for the first time. Everyone is welcome and more details can be found at
or at

RON BUTLER (Publicity Secretary)

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Crab Football

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Wimborne 22 93
2. Trowbridge 22 81
3. Sherborne 22 81
4. Swanage & Wareham 22 79
5. Marlborough 22 78
6. Devizes 22 50
7. North Dorset 22 47

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