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24
NOV

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 Weymouths tries while Tim Peplows boot kept the score ticking along with two penalties and two conversions.

We havent had a decent cup run in a few years, said skipper Mark Sample. You have to take one game at a time and I dont think the semi-final will be happening until the New Year so our only concern for now is the league and well be looking to climb the table.

Saying that, we are in there with a chance so when it does come around well 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 Weymouths lead further, but even conceding a late converted try failed to spoil the home sides 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 Weymouths biggest cup match for years.

Theres plenty of competition for places, said Sample. Its the best Ive ever seen at the club and Ive been here since I was 13.

Ive got about 20 or 25 players who could all potentially play first-team rugby so selection hasnt 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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