Weymouth & Portland Second xv.
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Weymouth & Portland Rugby Club Press Release.
Dorset & Wilts Vase Final.
Swindon College Old Boys 20pts v Weymouth & Portland 12.
The Seasiders’ youngsters found themselves up against the Berks.Bucks. & Oxon. Unbeaten Premier League leaders @ Warminster rugby club and despite a heroic effort against a side of seasoned players they went down by just 8 points in a contest with a scoreline that just about reflects the game as a whole.
The Wiltshire outfit took the initiative & pressured the Seasiders inside their own half, but committed defence ensured that it took fully 22 minutes before they opened their account with a try in the corner.
Four minutes later the Old Boys added 3 points with penalty kick in front of the Seasiders posts.
With half time beckoning Weymouth & Portland were awarded a penalty 20 meters shy of the Old Boys try line, flanker Shaun Murphy switched on first took a tap kick then raced in for a touchdown while others just looked on.
When the referee blew to bring the first half to an end & the score at 5 points to 8 in the Wiltshire teams favour the result was far from decided.
The first 15 minutes of the second period decided to which county the Vase would reside for the next 12 months, Weymouth & Portland dropped their guard & conceded 2 tries in quick succession, the second converted to take the Old Boy’s tally to 20 points & with the Seasiders inspirational skipper Ryan Lewendon now on the sideline after receiving 2 blows to the head most teams would have thrown in the towel.
However Weymouth & Portland raised their game & Lewendon’s replacement Jonny Young intercepted an Old Boy’s pass and sprinted in for a touchdown beneath the Wiltshire team’s posts with Bryn Llewellyn stroking over the conversion to add the extras.
As the game drew to its close it was the Old Boys experience that allowed them monopolise possession & run down the clock until the referee blew to bring the proceedings to an end.
The Seasiders’ head coach Paul Harding said: “The lads grew up today they came up against a more physical side of experienced premier league players, but I take my hat off to our lads their scrummaging was sensational, we were driving the Old Boys off their own ball & I don’t think they were used to that. In the end the stronger team won, but the Weymouth & Portland can be proud of their players they all put their bodies on the line here this afternoon”.