1st xv vs Frome
.SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
FROME 5pts SWANAGE & WAREHAM 25pts
Swanage & Wareham’s first game after the Christmas break had them travelling to Frome for this Southern Counties clash.
Swans started well, putting the hosts under pressure with a couple of penalties, and it was with the third of these that centre Phil Graves converted after 12 minutes to put the visitors 0pts – 3pts in the lead. Swans continued to put pressure on Frome, but the Frome defence held firm, particularly at the breakdown as they were good at turning the ball from tackles. However, the pressure was bound to tell, and after 36 minutes from a line out and a couple of phases, Swans open side flank forward Matt Roberts powered his way over the Frome try line.(0pts – 8pts). In the last minute of the first half, once again Swans had a line out in the Frome 22, and a catch /drive move had Swans scrum half Chris Tomes working his way over the try line. Half Time Frome 0pts Swanage & Wareham 13pts.
Swans started in the same vain early in the second half with Matt Roberts breaking clear in the 44th minute to score a try under the posts. Phil Graves added the extras to put Swans 20pts clear. Frome committed another penalty to Swans after 52 minutes, which Swans put within 5 metres of the home team’s line. From a catch/drive move, Swans second row Dan Collins won the scramble for the ball to claim Swans’ bonus point try giving them a 0pts – 25pts lead. Swans seemed to relax somewhat, and Frome managed to get more into the game. In the last ten minutes Frome went on the offensive as Swans gave away some penalties, and Swans lost a player to a yellow card. A series of penalties to Frome in the last 5 minutes in the Swans red zone, from, which Frome tried several catch/drive moves, and eventually in the last minutes enabled them to score out wide. The conversion was missed and that was where the game ended with Swans winning by 5pts – 25pts to keep them still top of the Southern Counties league table.
Swans Team:- A. Smith, K .Barton(C.Young 65), D.Elford, P.Graves, A.Parry, J.Warren, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, R. Elford, N. Audley(Z. Wyburgh 40), D.Collins, H.Oliver(D.Penney 60), J.Desmond, M. Roberts, K.Jones.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 17pts Oakmeadians 1st XV 22pts
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 30pts Weymouth & Portland 2nd XV 12pts
GAMES NEXT WEEK
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Trowbridge league SCSHome2.15 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Yeovil league D/W1(S)Away2.15 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Fordingbridge 2nd XV D/W3Away2.15 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)