Tue 12 Sep 2017 18:35

Sat 9 Sep 2017

Swanage & Wareham RFC
Weymouth & Portland RFC

After losing 23 players in the close season, having several players unavailable for Saturday’s match and then losing skipper Dan Bowditch in a training session the omens were not good for our first match of the season at Swanage & Wareham 2nds.  However despite almost constant pressure from the home side in the first half the deficit was only 3 points thanks to an outstanding defensive performance from the whole team.  Bling received a nasty cut above the eye just before half time and was blood binned by Josh who instantly incurred the referee’s wrath and was sin binned for 10 minutes.

At the start of the second half we scored the first try of the match despite being a man short. The pack won a quick ball which was passed sweetly along the line to Norton who went around his opposite number and the full back to score in the corner. Unfortunately the windy conditions were not conducive for goal kicking and Alex’s conversion attempt was just wide.  This stirred the Swans into action and despite more heroic defensive action they scored 2 quick tries which were both converted to lead by 17 points to 5.

When Bling was patched up and able to return to the field Simon re-shuffled the team with Chris, Neil and Luc being replaced by Josh, Smudge and Karl.

The try of the match was yet to be scored until Norton got his hands on the ball deep in our own 22.  He just set off, came inside the opposition, went outside, went to the left, went to the right and was seemingly untouchable before crossing the whitewash for an unconverted try, 17-10 and very much game on.  It was Weymouth who finished the stronger of the two teams but the only further scores were a penalty to each side. Stand in skipper Alex getting on the scoresheet with a well struck penalty.

Dan, confined to a spectator’s role, commended the whole team for their grit and determination with Big Ben making some strong powerful runs.  However despite Norton’s brace of tries the man of the match award went to Lewis (R) possibly playing at full back for the first time ever.  He never missed a tackle, bundled several of their players into touch and wasn’t afraid to counter attack from deep inside our own half.

Team

 

 

Neil Hamilton

James Davis

Lian Berry

 

 

 

Kevin Leatham

Ben Billington

Chris Hurrell

Paul Westwood

 

 

 

 

Chris Norton

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Toms (C)

 

 

 

Carl Neal

Luc Scadden

Luke Savage

Norton Rogers

 

 

 

 

Lewis Richards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subs

Karl Sankey

Josh Cameron

Rob Smith

 

 

 

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