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Weymouth & Portland Rugby Club Press Release.
Weymouth & Portland 24 pts v Sherborne II 10.
A minutes silence was observed before the kick off in memory of former Weymouth & Portland captain Julian Quick 28 who sadly passed away 2 weeks ago following a long battle with cancer, the number 8 shirt that was worn by Julian will now be retired following Julian’s passing.
The Seasiders started the game almost in a trance as passes were dropped or missed their target completely & it came as no surprise when in the 24th minute the visitors who prop up the league table with just 1 league win all season opened the scoring with a try.
As Sherborne took the conversion manager Vaughan Carter could be heard imploring his charges to get focused & sort themselves out or changes would be made & it seemed to work because 2 minutes later Weymouth & Portland drew level through wing James Davis who touched down in the corner with Bryn Llewellyn adding the extras.
4 minutes later Davis again outpaced the Sherborne defence & crossed to bank his second touchdown of the afternoon.
After the break the visitors upped their game & had Weymouth & Portland scrambling inside their own half for long periods, but when 49 minutes had elapsed a long pass from his brother Ryan saw full back Chris Lewendon claim possession & touchdown for a try with Llewellyn converting.
Further pressure from Sherborne had Weymouth defenders rocking on their heels, but they held firm & with 66 minutes on the watch Lewendon senior outpaced the visiting defence to cross in the corner for a try.
As the game went into overtime Sherborne grabbed a consolation try, but it came too late to affect the result.
After the final whistle head coach Paul Harding said: “It was a disjointed scrappy first half hour whether the preceding events got to the players or the fact that we were up against the team @ the bottom of the league table & expected them to roll over I don’t know, but when we managed to get the lads focused it changed & we improved & getting a four try tally guarantees us a league bonus point”.
“We didn’t play well, but still managed to win & there is still room to improve so that is what we intend do”.