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Your News Swanage & Wareham 17 - Cheltenham 12

On a bitterly cold and windy day at Bestwall last Saturday, Swans welcomed relegation threatened Cheltenham, who are third from bottom of the league for this home fixture. Swans and High Wycombe have already been relegated.

Swans started with an early penalty as the visitors held on to the ball. This was cleared but on four minutes, Charlie Rowberry, playing at outside centre rather than on the wing, collected a ball on his own ten metres line, crossed into the Cheltenham half, shrugged off a couple of tackles, and made it to the try line out wide to give Swans a 5pts 0pts lead. The game was finely balanced with both teams getting penalised by the referee, mostly at the breakdown. As the visitors attacked inside the Swans 22 metres line, at a breakdown Swans won the ball, it was passed to Charlie Rowberry, who, once again set off down the wing, cut inside as he was missed by several Cheltenham tacklers, to score his second try under the posts. He converted his own try to increase Swans lead to 12pts nil after 25 minutes. However Cheltenham were not to be denied, Swans gave away a couple of penalties, giving the visitors territorial advantage, and just before the interval Cheltenham no.8 and captain Tom Lait barged his way over Swans line, for a converted try, leaving the half time score at Swans 12pts Cheltenham 7pts.

Swans made a couple of substitutions at half time, but that was not the reason for Cheltenham drawing level. A long ball was kicked down towards Swans try line, Charlie Rowberry attempted to clear the ball, but he sliced the ball towards the wing. Cheltenham inside centre, Adam Dobie pounced on the ball, and touched down in the corner. 12pts all. Swans forwards were all playing well, and were forcing the visitors backwards, but they were still giving away too many penalties. With ten minutes to go Swans winger Dave Price-Smith won a ball on the ground, the ball was spun along Swans three-quarters line once again to Charlie Rowberry on half way, he beat his opposite number, and made it to the try line, in the corner, for his hat-trick of tries in the game. 17pts 12pts. The visitors tried in vain to come back but Swans held out for only their fourth win of the season, taking them off the bottom of the league as High Wycombe lost again.

Swans team:- P.Dunsford, D.Price-Smith, C.Rowberry, S.Smyth, S.Landrum, D.Smith, C.Tomes, J.Sheldrake(Z.Wyburgh 48), R.Elford, N.Audley, D.Burgess, D.Penney, D.Collins(J.Large 40), A.Jones(D.Wright 40), J.Desmond.


Warminster 1st XV 41pts Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV 5pts league D/W1(S)

Oakmeadians 3rd XV 3pts Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV 51pts league D/W3(S)

In league D/W4 Swanage & Wareham 4th XV had an away walk over against Weymouth 3rd XV who could not raise a side.


There are no games next Saturday 30th March as it Easter weekend

6th April

Swanage & Wareham 1st XV v Coney Hill league SW1(East) Away 3.00 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 2nd XV v Bridport league D/W1(S) Home 3.00 p.m.

Swanage & Wareham 3rd XV v, Salisbury 3rd XV D/W3(S) Home 3.00 p.m.

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