SHERBORNE 24 SWANS 27
Swans comeback from 24-5 down at half time to snatch victory.....
Swanage & Wareham Rugby Club had to travel away to local rivals Sherborne, in their latest league fixture in Southern Counties(South). Sherborne were second in the league one place below Swans, so a tough encounter was envisaged, and so it proved.
In the first fifteen minutes the play was confined to the middle of the pitch, with both sides making mistakes, but Tom Lane put the hosts 3pts up with a penalty goal. A minute later centre Ollie Mottram crashed through Swans defence for a converted try to put Sherborne 10pts ahead. Swans were not to be denied and from a 5 metre line out a catch/drive move had captain for the day John Sheldrake, playing as hooker in place of injured Rob Elford, powering over the try line. Sherborne were using the wind, playing the kicking game to put Swans under pressure, and after 27 minutes a 5 metres scrum enabled a Sherborne winger to score a converted try(17pts – 5pts). After 35 minutes a fly hack by Sherborne had Swans defending again, but the hosts were first to the ball for another converted try to the hosts, making the half time score Sherborne 24pts Swans 5pts.
Nine minutes into the second period, a scrum on the Sherborne 22 enabled the ball to be passed down the blind side to Charlie Rowberry, who ran round to score under the posts.(24pts – 12pts). Swans had the beating of the hosts pack, and were driving the Sherborne forwards backwards in the tight, and this proved too much for Sherborne as on 54 minutes another catch/drive move had John Sheldrake going in for Swans third try.(24pts – 17pts). Sherborne were starting to panic as Swans were putting constant scrum pressure onthem. After 65 minutes from a 5 metres line out Swans flank forward Daffyd Wright outwitted the defence to score out wide for Swans bonus point try Charlie Parish added the extras to put the scores level at 24 pts each. Sherborne woke up and could have taken the lead back with a penalty with ten minutes to go, but the kick just faded away from the posts. A few minutes later the hosts were penalised at a scrum 30 metres out, and Charlie Parish landed the winning kick to put Swans ahead for the first and last time in the match at 24pts – 27pts, to claim five more league points and remain top of the league.
Swans manager Tom Dillon said ” Phew, that was awesome, to expect to come back from 24-5 points down was unexpected, but the boys did it, and I am proud of the way they played in the second half”
Swans Team:- C.Baird, C.Rowberry, M. Cottrell. P.Graves, A.Parry, C.Parish, S.Smyth, N.Audley, J.Sheldrake, Z.Wyburgh(J.Taubale 48), D.Penney, D.Collins, J.Scott(D.Wright 48) K.Jones, J.Desmond, M.Spencer