RFU Billy Beaumont County Championship. Berkshire 40 pts v Dorset & Wilts 38.

 

Idris Martin

Freelance Photojournalist

Dorset & Wilts RFU Press Officer.

5 Hanover Road

Weymouth

Dorset

DT4 7QP

Tel.01305 776027

Mob. 07774 485186

Email, idris_martin@hotmail.com

Website. https://idrismartin.wordpress.com

 

19/05/2018.

 

 

Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship  Div 3 (Pool 2)

 

Berkshire 40 pts v Dorset & Wilts 38.

 

The Twin Counties will meet Essex at Richmond rugby club next Sunday in the competition final, but they left it late, very late in fact in the 14th minute of added on time to gain the try bonus point they required to secure their third county championship final.

 

With five changes in their pack and a couple more in the backs the Counties struggled to win any useable possession and when they did they quickly turned it over to Berkshire with all too often poor handling.

 

However, it was against the run of play when in the tenth minute North Dorset fly half Sam Baker landed a penalty to open the scoring.

 

Berkshire quickly rallied and from a ruck close to the Counties’ goal line the referee awarded the hosts a penalty try for Berkshire to take the lead.

 

Twenty minutes had elapsed when Berks. scrum half Miles Lloyd crossed the whitewash to score a try that was converted by centre Tom Humberston

 

Five minutes later hooker Ben Henderson touched down and with Humberston landing the conversion Berkshire led by 21 points to 3.

 

Right wing Josh Sunley latched on to a loose ball then out sprinted the chasing cover to score a try in the corner for Berkshire and with the score at Berks. 26 Dorset and Wilts three very few of the most optimistic Counties’ fans would give their charges any chance of making it into next week’s final.

 

With the break fast approaching and on a rare sortie into Berkshire territory Baker took a quick penalty and ran in to touch down for a try for the visitorsand then stroke over the conversion to throw his team a life line.

 

After the break the Combined Counties began to win some ball and from a drive close to the Berks. line Royal Wootton Bassett hooker Phil Bardwell drove over to down the ball for a try and with Baker landing the conversion Dorset and Wilts were back in the game.

 

With 65 minutes gone Berkshire full back Josh Bartlett touched down for a try then followed it up three minutes later with a second, the first converted by Humberston and the second by Jamar Richardson to make the score Berkshire 40 points Dorset and Wilts 17.

 

The visitors skipper Bardwell led from the front and on 40 minutes he crashed over to score a try converted by Baker, then with 45 minutes on the watch Royal Wootton Bassett lock Dave Hogg burst clear to score and Baker convert.

 

Now all Dorset and Wilts needed was one more try to grab a bonus point and in the 54th minute Baker somehow managed to break free and ground the ball between the Berkshire posts to win the loosing bonus point and secure his team appearance in next week’s final.

 

Baker added the extras to bring the proceedings to an end.

 

After the game one of the Twin Counties coaching staff Richard Elliott said: “The lads showed amazing character today to come back and score three tries in injury time when all looked lost, we picked up a few injuries as the players put their bodies on the line today so we must now look forwards to next weekend and hope the injuries are not to serious and hope we have a full squad of players to select the team from”.

 

If Dorset and Wilts are to lift the trophy for a third time they will have to improve as  they were second best in most facets of the game, probably due to the number of changes to their squad from the side that turned out against Sussex two weeks ago. As for Berkshire they selected their team basically from two clubs, Readingensians and Newbury and that seemed to help, but in the end its Dorset and Wilts that progress into the final by the narrowest of margins at Richmond despite losing in this close encounter.

 

Idris Martin

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RFU County Championship.

Idris Martin

Freelance Photojournalist

Dorset & Wilts RFU Press Officer.

5 Hanover Road

Weymouth

Dorset

DT4 7QP

Tel.01305 776027

Mob. 07774 485186

Email, idris_martin@hotmail.com

Website. https://idrismartin.wordpress.com

 

05/05/2018.

 


Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship  Div 3 (Pool 2)
Dorset & Wilts 28 pts v Sussex 24 @ Melksham RFC

 

Cometh the hour and cometh the man and that man was Marlborough scrum half Jake Williams who well into overtime snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Twin Counties after his forwards set him up with one final effort after struggling for long periods in the second half when after 35 minutes they seemed to be cruising to victory.

 

Neither side deserved to lose this game after entertaining both sets of supporters under a blazing sun with little or no wind at all to cool them down. The game began at a pace that neither side could be expected to keep up for 80 minutes and it was the visitors who first troubled the score board operators with a try from Worthing flanker Joe Spurgeon converted by fly half Carles Casonova that was soon cancelled out when Swindon wing Ollie Wilson touched down in the corner for Dorset and Wilts with North Dorset fly half Sam Baker slotting the conversion to level the scores.

 

Twenty minutes had passed when Trowbridge wing forward Andrew Twinney touched down beneath the visitors’ posts and with Baker stroking over the conversion the home side took a 14 points to 7 lead.

 

On the half hour Trowbridge centre Shai Bonnick capped a fine move with a try again converted by Baker and the Twin Counties looked well in control, but on the stroke of half time Sussex scrum half Matt Walsh caught the Counties’ defence napping and crashed over from close in from a quickly taken penalty kick then with Casonova’s conversion the visitors were back in contention.

 

Five minutes into the second period and the Twin Counties were down to 14 after one of their forwards was yellow carded for a high tackle and Sussex made them pay dearly for their sins with a try by Hove rugby club’s full back Bryn Garrish again with Casonova converting to level the scores at 21 points each.

 

As the players wilted under the sun the game slowed and became a battle of attrition with Dorset and Wilts struggling to get out of their own half then in the 65th minute Casonova converted a penalty from fully 55 meters to put his team into a 24 points to 21 lead.

 

With the referee checking his watch Dorset and Wilts had enough left in the tank for one final effort and after three attempts to drive over the whitewash Williams picked up the ball and leaped over the top of a ruck on the Sussex line to touch down for the match winning try.

 

Baker landed the conversion in off a post and there was just a minute remaining for the Counties to hold out and that they did.

 

In two weeks time Dorset and Wilts travel to Berkshire in their second championship game.

 

 

 

The Dorset & Wilts team is as below.

  1. Ash Stokes-Swindon RFC
  2. Phil Bardwell – RWB RFC-(Captain)
  3. Gary Williamson-Salisbury RFC

4.Steve King- Wimborne RFC

5.Darren Deguara-Wimborne RFC

6.James Bovett- Bournemouth RFC

7.Andrew Twinney- Trowbridge RFC

8.Kyle Lovell- RWB RFC

9.Jake Williams- Malborough RFC

  1. Sam Baker- North Dorset RFC
  2. Ollie Wilson- Swindon RFC

12.Shai Bonnick- Trowbridge RFC

  1. Matthew Williamson- North Dorset RFC
  2. Jack Newton- Wimborne RFC

15.Will Waddington- Chippenham RFC

16.Gareth Davies- Swindon Collage OB’s RFC

  1. Sean Murphy- Wimborne RFC

18.Chris Rowland- Royal Wootton Bassett RFC

19.Pete Kewel- Swindon RFC

20.Mindaugas Kazlauskas- North Dorset RFC

21Jason Booth- Blandford RFC

22.Cameron Taylor- Wimborne RFC

Medical is still Dr John Evans

Thanks very much for your help.

See you Saturday

Dan

 

Idris Martin

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Dorset & Wilts v Sussex.

Idris Martin

Freelance Photojournalist

Dorset & Wilts RFU Press Officer.

5 Hanover Road

Weymouth

Dorset

DT4 7QP

Tel.01305 776027

Mob. 07774 485186

Email, idris_martin@hotmail.com

Website. https://idrismartin.wordpress.com

 

01/05/2018.

 


Bill Beaumont Senior Men’s County Championship  Div 3 (Pool 2)
Dorset & Wilts v Sussex @ Melksham RFC Saturday 05/05/2018.

Kick Off 15 00hrs.

 

The Twin Counties twice past winners of this competition kick off their 2017/8 campaign with high hopes of progressing into the knock out stages.

 

Last year the Combined Counties travelled to Sussex eventually loosing out by 28 points to 10 in a game that was much closer then the score line may imply.

 

The match was originally planned to be staged at North Dorset rugby club, but has now been moved to Melksham.

 

In two weeks time Dorset and Wilts will travel to Berkshire for their second pool game at a venue still to be confirmed.

 

The team is as below.

  1. Ash Stokes-Swindon RFC
  2. Phil Bardwell – RWB RFC-(Captain)
  3. Gary Williamson-Salisbury RFC

4.Steve King- Wimborne RFC

5.Darren Deguara-Wimborne RFC

6.James Bovett- Bournemouth RFC

7.Andrew Twinney- Trowbridge RFC

8.Kyle Lovell- RWB RFC

9.Jake Williams- Malborough RFC

  1. Sam Baker- North Dorset RFC
  2. Ollie Wilson- Swindon RFC

12.Shai Bonnick- Trowbridge RFC

  1. Matthew Williamson- North Dorset RFC
  2. Jack Newton- Wimborne RFC

15.Will Waddington- Chippenham RFC

16.Gareth Davies- Swindon Collage OB’s RFC

  1. Sean Murphy- Wimborne RFC

18.Chris Rowland- Royal Wootton Bassett RFC

19.Pete Kewel- Swindon RFC

20.Mindaugas Kazlauskas- North Dorset RFC

21Jason Booth- Blandford RFC

22.Cameron Taylor- Wimborne RFC

Medical is still Dr John Evans

Thanks very much for your help.

See you Saturday

Dan

 

Idris Martin

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