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Weymouth & Portland Rugby Club Press Release.
Dorset & Wilts Division 1 South.
Weymouth & Portland 29 v Dorchester 5.
The Seasiders avenged their earlier defeat @ Coburg Road back in December with a performance that had their supporters celebrating on the touchline after the referee blew the final whistle.
It must be said that after the reverse fixture home fans were @ most expecting a narrow victory & would have settled for an improved display that resulted in a 3 or 4 point loss, but the players had other ideas.
From the kick off it became obvious that Weymouth & Portland had an advantage in the forwards in both set & loose play, in the scrummage it made little difference who had been awarded the put in as the Seasiders front row dominated frequently taking opposition ball.
With young James Davis stepping up to play scrum half @ short notice it took time before the link between forwards & backs ran smoothly, but once he found his range it brought the home backs into play with skipper, fly half Ryan Lewendon orchestrating the play to his centres & back 3.
A couple of scoring chances went begging early doors then it was in the 18th minute when young Davis was put clear to sprint in for a try to open his first team account with skipper Ryan Lewendon adding the conversion.
3 minutes before the break a quickly taken penalty resulted in lock Andy Bowditch driving over from close in to end the first half scoring.
After the turn around 5 minutes had elapsed when Bowditch crossed for a second time with Lewenden again slotting the resulting conversion.
On the hour Dorchester strayed off side & Lewendon punished them with a penalty to make the score 22 points to 0 in favour of the Seasiders.
On a rare sortie deep into home territory Dorchester managed to work their way in for a try.
Now down to 14 players after a home forward was sinbinned for a high tackle Lewendon broke clear from a ruck to touchdown for a try & then land the conversion himself.
There was just time to re-start before the referee blew for full time.
Weymouth & Portland coach Paul “Pablo” Harding said: “It was very much a team performance, the lads were hurting after the result @ Dorchester & had something to prove to themselves & their supporters & when we went down to 14 it made little difference as they all stepped up to the plate & raised their game by 5% to make up the shortfall this was defiantly our best league performance of the season”.
Harding added: “Tries win games, but so do tackles & this afternoon our full back Chris Lewendon made 2 try saving tackles, 1 in each half that could have cost us a total of 14 points & the eventual result, so that goes to prove that defending is as every bit as important as attacking”.