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Your News Pershore 12 - Dunlop 36

From a commanding performance the previous week, Pershore came back to

earth with a crash with this comprehensive defeat to Dunlop. Dunlop came

with a very big physical set of forwards, but Pershores pack were more

than a match for them, and allthough smaller, were infinitely fitter,

and technically superior. Where Dunlop had a considerable edge was in

the backs, where they kept the ball to hand, and kicked intelligently.

Pershores handling was all at sea on Saturday , with the ball going to

ground more than to hand. Again the aimless kicking of possession away,

whereupon Dunlop gleefully ran the ball back at a fragmented defence,

must have been infuriating for Pershores hardworking forwards. During

the first ten minutes of the match, Pershore had a potential two on one

situation, only for the ball to be kicked away. Dunlop began the match

much sharper, spending the first quarter in Pershores half, using their

big ball carriers to good effect. It did not take long for Pershore to

infringe, whereupon Dunlops fly half Jones kicked a penalty. Soon

afterwards from a scrum on the 22 Dunlop spread the ball to midfield,

where the outside centre took an inside pass, and ran through a missing

defence to touch down, the resulting conversion was successful. This

spurred Pershore into action, and they actually dominated the rest of

the first half. They began to put phases of play together, using their

forwards to move the heavier Dunlop pack around the pitch. Eventually

gaps appeared and a long miss pass cut out Pershores midfield straight

to Matt Harwood, who cruised around the drifting defence to score in the

corner, the difficult conversion was missed. With confidence restored,

Pershore set up a series of forward drives on Dunlops line, eventually

Dunlops defence had to succumb, and so it did when Chris Copson crashed

over, with Dolphin converting. 12 - 10 to Pershore at half time.

Unfortunatly, that was to be Pershores last score, in a one sided second

half. Dunlop comfortably won first phase ball, and that is all they

needed as their backs began to carve open Pershores defence, keeping the

ball to hand, and supporting the ball carrier. Pershores defence has

been pretty good this season, but strangely 3 one on one tackles were

completely missed, and the tries against them flowed. The first was

again a simple miss pass with the centre running straight at the

midfield, the second Dunlops left wing cutting into midfield and his

inside pass saw his centre take a lovely off load in the tackle, and

touch down under the posts, both converted. With fifteen to go Pershore

tried to reduce the deficit, but a pass went to ground, Dunlop gathered

the ball, and released their dangerous winger Roberts, he ran around his

winger, and then drove through the full backs attempted tackle to score

under the posts. The conversion was good. On the stroke of full time

Dunlop won a line out close to Pershores line , a powerful driving maul,

the ball carrier at the back , dropped over the line to complete the

scoring. Pershore travel to Edwardians next Saturday , where a big

improvement will be expected.

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