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A home win against old rivals Swanage and Wareham, but that said not in the most inspirational manner befitting a side aiming for South West One status. Both sides seemed to struggle using what possession they had in an effective approach towards the structured game. Swanage and Wareham initially started running the ball wide, testing Salisbury's defence but Christian Metson and Nick Stallard were solid in the tackle which kept their opponents at bay. Most of the play was at the centre chanel of the field and it seemed futile that the Salisbury backs failed to get the ball wide in the attack. In some respects it was a bit of a fractious affair, and consequently one from each side ended up in the "sin bin". The referee was sharp to implement the new rules and Salisbury were the slower to adapt to them and committed no more than 13 penalty offences in the first 25 minutes! Fortunately for the home side Swanage didn't convert the advantage into points. When was the cohesion about to begin? Surely there had to be a break through soon and luckily this came in the form of a move from Salisbury's own 22 metre line, started by Christian Metson down the left flank, several pairs of hands later Metson ran a perfect line to receive the final pass to go over for an opening try some would say, against the run of play. Liam Gilbert stepped up to add the extra 2 points. Another Salisbury player was "sin binned" and the half ended at 7-0 in Salisbury's favour. Swanage are no mugs and made life difficult throughout the second half for the home side. There were lots of handling errors at the most important points after good work had been done by the likes of Ollie Elford, Phil Carr and a front 8 who seemed to be doing just enough to keep the lead. From a line out in the right hand corner the ball was spun to Richard Roe who linked well with Nick Stallard, who edged closer to the line. The ball went left once more, Steve Drawbridge received and headed towards the try line with determination, only to be held just short, but he managed to slip the ball to Christian Metson who sped over to pick up his second try under the posts. Gilbert was successful with the conversion. There was a worrying moment in the 4th quarter when Phil Carr and scrum half Tim Shipsey went to tackle the same opponent and crashed heads dramatically resulting in both needing hospital treatment. There is still a lot of ground work to be done in converting good work on the training park into match situations. This will certainly be required against Cheltenham next week away from home with a 3 p.m. kick off.

Salisbury 2nd XV had an emphatic victory against Swanage and Wareham seconds who did not get on the score sheet. A very young Salisbury side, with a multitude of talent neatly controlled by newcomer at Fly Half, Tom Moreton, and Army Hooker Finlay Bibbey. Drew White, working hard to gain a first team place, showed his ability when scoring 2 tries. Matt Palais, a robust Second Row, getting over the try line also along with Sean Barwick, Pete McClennan and Alex Horne. The final score being 41 - 0 in Salisbury's favour.

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