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Weymouth & Portland RFC Press Release.
Last weekend’s 34 points to 5 win at Ellingham and Ringwood propelled Weymouth and Portland into second place in the Dorset and Wilts division two with 64 points from 15 outings, but still well behind leaders Yeovil who have amassed 71 points also from 15 games.
On Saturday the Seasiders travel over the Ridgeway to Coburg Road for a derby clash with Dorchester’s second string. Head coach Paul “Pablo” Harding is away in Rome to watch the Italy England Six Nations game, but said before he embarked on his flight: “We played well last week in very trying conditions wet and windy and ankle deep in mud and deserved our victory, but tomorrow in a local derby we will have to be at our best. We won the corresponding fixture by 48 points to 15 back in November, however at Coburg Road tomorrow that means nothing”.
Skipper Kevin Leatham is ruled out with a suspected broken thumb, he said: “I picked up the injury last week and at first thought it was just a knock, but it was still tender on Wednesday so I have an x ray appointment to see how bad it is, hopefully I won’t be out for too long”. Flanker Gary Hamlin returns tomorrow with Joe Gibson replacing Leatham at lock forward.
Some old die hards must be turning in their graves as the Seasiders are combining with Dorchester to enable the County Town’s third team to honour their league fixture at Oakmeadians.
Weymouth and Portland chairman Ian McMillan said:”At least four of our lads who were looking for a game have made themselves available for selection to Dorchester who apparently are a few players short. I know that a few years ago this would not of happened, but what is important here is that players who want to play get a run out it doesn’t matter who for and as we don’t have a second team game then rugby is the winner and everyone is happy”.