Swans U16s 7 Wimborne U16s 17
Swans U16s produced a typical battling performance against a strong Wimborne squad and were unfortunate to lose after holding a slim 7 - 5 lead with only two minutes left on the clock.
Swans were again depleted through injuries and forced to re-organise with several players playing out of position. However the boys tackled and worked tirelessly throughout and can be very proud of their performance despite suffering their first loss of the season. As always in matches with our old friends and rivals from Wimborne the match was physical and fiercely contested at the breakdown where Swans back row was excellent.
The re-arranged half-backs of Steve Woolley (SH) and Barnaby Knibb (FH) worked hard to keep the ball in front of their forwards and all the threequarters tackled and tackled the pacey Wimborne backs. Special mention goes to centre Jack Churchill for his defensive line speed and exceptional tackle count.
The match started with Wimborne exerting early pressure, but Swans worked their way back into the game and were rewarded by a well taken try from Kieran Taylor. The rest of the first half was equally contested until Wimborne scored at the end of the half.
The score stayed in Swans favour until two minutes to go and it looked as though a heroic victory would be achieved, but Wimborne broke clear to seal victory in what was thought to be the last play of the game. However, there was time for one more re-start and unfortunately Wimborne scored against a depleted Swans who were now down to 14 players through injuries.
Regrettably the bad luck with injuries continued with hardworking lock forward Charlie Joynt fracturing his arm at the end of the first half. Best wishes to Charlie - Hopefully you'll be back shortly.
Congratulations to Wimborne on a good win, but all Swans players can be very proud of their performance. Both sides will be looking forward to the cup tie later in the season.
Tries: K Taylor
Conversions: S Woolley
Will Laver, Tom Prior, Jack Simmonds, Charlie Joynt, Alex Moore, Harrison Blakesley, Ray Wheeler, Finn Watkins, Stephen Woolley, Barnaby Knibb, Jack Churchill, Kieran Taylor, Tom Harradine, Hamish Wilson, Jacob Cummings