1st xv vs Devizes
SWANAGE & WAREHAM RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.
SWANAGE & WAREHAM 14pts DEVIZES 0pts
Swanage and Wareham Rugby Club entertained Devizes at home last Saturday, determined to take revenge on a 8pts – 22pts away defeat earlier in the season away from home.
Swans started well, putting the ball down into the visitors 22, gained a penalty which took them to within 5 metres of the Devizes line, but nothing came of the advantage. Swans continued to put pressure on the Devizes’ line and for the first 15 minutes the visitors never got out of their own half. However a kick to within a few metres of the visitors’ line resulted in a scrum, and following several phases, fly half Stephen Woolley spotted a gap in the Devizes line and dived over the try line to give Swans the lead after 17minutes. Woolley added the conversion to give Swans a 7pts – nil lead. Swans continued to take the lead in attacking but the Devizes defence was good, with their tackling being excellent, and Swans could not make further headway. In the last few minutes of the half a couple of penalties to Devizes had Swans defending valiantly, but there was no further score up to the interval.
The second half produced a series of penalties to both sides, but Swans were guilty of most of them, putting more pressure on Swans defence, but a series of mistakes by Devizes enabled Swans to contain them. Towards the middle of the half Swans made ground and were unlucky not to score again.
Replacement winger Lee Hardy had a good run down the wing, making 40 or so metres to set Swans on the attack but was forced into touch. On 67 minutes a grubber kick along the ground by Stephen Woolley towards the corner flag turned the Devizes defence, and as the fullback fumbled the ball backwards over the try line, Lee Hardy following up pounced on the ball to give Swans their second try in the corner. Stephen Woolley added the difficult conversion putting Swans 14pts – nil ahead. The play was frantic in the last ten minutes, to Swans going close again and the visitors desperate to get a bonus point, but in the end Swans managed their fourth win of the season picking up four league points.
Swans team:-K.Barton, H.Spyers, M.Roberts, D.Elford, C.Phillips(L.Hardy 58), S.Woolley, C.Tomes, N.Audley(J.Scott 35), J.Daniels, Z.Wyburgh, D.Penney, J.Desmond, C.McCaffrey(A.Dicker72),T.Ford, K.Jones.
Oakmeadians 1st XV 46pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 8pts D/W1
Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 46pts Dorchester 3rd XV 7pts.
GAMES NEXT WEEK 17th March
Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v. Blandford (SCS)AwayTime TBA
Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v. Wimborne 2nd XV (D/W1)Home3.00 p.m.
RON BUTLER(Publicity Secretary)