1st xv vs Blandford
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
SWANAGE & WAREHAM 34pts BLANDFORD 15pts
Swanage & Wareham were back in league action following their exploits in the Southwest cup last week, as they welcomed Blandford to Bestwall this Saturday.
Swans were soon on the offensive early in the first half, and from a penalty to the corner, a catch/drive move enabled scrum half Chris Tomes to score after only three minutes. Teenager Steve Woolley, playing at his preferred position of fly half added the extras to put Swans 7pts up. Blandford had a chance to reduce the arrears but after 11 minutes they missed with a penalty shot. Three minutes later a break by Steve Woolley split the Blandford defence, he off loaded to Ilaita Ratuqalovi who was playing at centre, who went in for his first try for Swans. Woolley converted to give Swans a 14 point advantage. Just after the twenty minute mark, a run down the right wing had Blandford scoring out wide to reduce the score to 14pt – 5pts. Blandford were putting up a good show, and it was tight up front. However once again Blandford split the Swans defence and after 28 minutes they went in for their second try, which was not converted making the score 14pts – 10pts.
With 5 minutes to go to the break, a penalty took Swans to within 5 metres, and from a line out, Swans flank forward Henry Oliver powered over the line to put Swans 19pts – 10pts which was Oliver’s first try for Swans. Half Time 19pts – 10pts.
Swans started the second half on the attack and after 48 minutes a move down the left side of the field set winger Alex Parry free to score in the corner, taking Swans score to 24pts. The game became scrappy with several penalties being traded by both sides, but Swans went further ahead after 70 minutes, when a kick through had Swans replacement winger, Pat Adkins, winning the race for the ball to score a try in the corner.(29pts – 10pts). Almost from the restart Blandford attacked down the left and after a few phases the visitors scored their third try, which was not converted.(29pts – 15 pts). In the last minute, as Swans powered forward a move along the three-quarters had Pat Adkins scoring his second try of the match in the corner. Final score Swanage & Wareham 34pts Blandford 15pts.
Swans team:- A. Smith, C.Young(P.Adkins 60), I Ratuqalovi, D.Elford, A.Parry, S.Woolley, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake, R.Elford, Z.Wyburgh(N.Audley 47), D. Penney, D.Collins, H.Oliver, F. Watkins(D. Wright 40), K.Jones.
Wimborne 2nd XV 17pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 22pts league D/W1
Blandford 2nd XV 43pts Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 10pts league D/W3
GAMES NEXT WEEK 18th February
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Combe Down SCSAway2.30 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Salisbury 2nd XV D/W1Home2.30 p.m.
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v. Poole D/W3Home2.30 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)