Winning start for Colts
Game of two halves
On a beautiful day at Bestwall, Wareham Swans colts kicked off their season against North Dorset. With strong numbers at training the squad of 22 players were selected on strength as this would be a tough encounter.
From the KO it was clear this was to be a battle of the forwards for superiority. Swans took the honours in the first 10 minutes controlling the ball and moving forward through rucks and straight running play. Strong tackling from the powehouse second row Finn H and Alex pushed any attack ND attempted backwards. With all the ball Swans were winning the backs were attacking hard in the 10/12 channel working off Finn W. However N D were up to the task with very strong tackling and a flat line that could not be broken. The line out worked well as this was the first full outing as a team, Lewis Allen threw well before being injured and having to take a break. Tristan who had been propping well moved into hooker and George moved into prop along with Will.
Swans line was as resilient keeping the opposition pined in their half for 90% of the half. Swans won two penalties inside the 22 and took the option to run the ball and go for the try, stopped on the line a number of times N D kept the score to 0-0 in the first half.
This really was a different half, more space opening up as the first half took its toll on the opposition which led to more space for the runners.
constant pressure on the N D line Swans were awarded a penalty that the forwards took towards the line where they were stopped by stiff defence. Despite Logan Lawson going over the line an earlier penalty was awarded, a fast feed to Finn led to a breakdown ruck that was won back quickly and the ball passed along the line to Charlie Lush who was able to touch down between the posts. The conversion was added by Steve. ND tried to attack from their own posts and were turned over, the ball was moved quickly and Tom nearly touched down in the corner but was bundled out for a line out. Ben replaced Will at prop.
Barney came back from his yellow card to get onto the end of a pass from Steve to score under the posts. Steve converted. Swans made the changes from the bench wanting to get everyone game time. Callum Tommo, Harry and Jack came on, and there was no drop in quality, with everyone keen to impress.
Not beaten, ND attacked again right to the last showing some real aggression going forward, trying to get some points on the board, again Ryan was to the fore, tackling hard. The final whistle came without another score. A good first showing from all of the players, U18 and U17 with lots to build on.