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Your News Weymouth 20 - Oxford 10

JUST one match separates Weymouth from the Southern Counties Senior Vase final after seeing off Oxford at Monmouth Avenue.

The Seasiders streaked into a double-figure lead at half-time and battened down the hatches to fight off the elements and an Oxford comeback.

Tim Comben and Ryan Lewendon crossed for Weymouth’s tries while Tim Peplow’s boot kept the score ticking along with two penalties and two conversions.

“We haven’t had a decent cup run in a few years,” said skipper Mark Sample. “You have to take one game at a time and I don’t think the semi-final will be happening until the New Year so our only concern for now is the league and we’ll be looking to climb the table.

“Saying that, we are in there with a chance so when it does come around we’ll grasp it with both hands.”

Peplow put Weymouth ahead with a kick early on, only for Oxford to level things up soon after and start increasing the pressure.

However, Weymouth held off the visitors’ charge and responded in the best way possible as Comben smashed his way through for the opening try after Julian Quick had been held up short of the line, having burst off the back of a scrum.

Peplow converted and maintained the Seasiders’ territorial advantage with some excellent kicking from his hands in the wind.

That territory finally told when neat hands from flanker George Carter and centre Will Hughes fed teenage winger Lewendon, who crossed and then saw his try converted by the boot of Peplow before half-time.

Another Peplow penalty stretched Weymouth’s lead further, but even conceding a late converted try failed to spoil the home side’s afternoon and they can now look forward to a place in the last four early next year, probably against Alchester, of Warwickshire.

But those who played Saturday will need to keep up their form if they are to feature in Weymouth’s biggest cup match for years.

“There’s plenty of competition for places,” said Sample. “It’s the best I’ve ever seen at the club and I’ve been here since I was 13.

“I’ve got about 20 or 25 players who could all potentially play first-team rugby so selection hasn’t been easy and those guys who want to be involved and the ones at training are available week in, week out.”

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