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Your News Dorset & Wiltshire 0 - Hampshire 55

Few positives can be taken by the Twin Counties from this encounter where the visitors ruled the roost from kick off to full time.

With two of the Counties highest status clubs, Chippenham and Salisbury involved in other competitions and their players unavailable for selection this was by far from the strongest squad that Dorset and Wilts could field on the day, however this should not detract from the Hants performance of power, speed and skill that left the Twin Counties players chasing shadows for most of the game.

The visitors signalled their intentions from the very early clashes and the home supporters only had to wait nine minutes for Hants. to open their account with a try in the corner from Portsmouth left wing Oge Ofuasia.

Eleven minutes later and following a line out Havent scrum half Grant Morris found enough room to dive over for a try with his club mate, full back Keith Molyneuz converting.

With half time beckoning and following a period of intense pressure on the home line Old Albanians replacement number 8 Russell Osman drove over for a touchdown then in the fifth minute of injury time Molyneuz capped a fine back move with a try and then again landed the extras with the last kick of the first half to make the score 24 points to nil to Hants.

After the break further tries from Osman, right wing Karl Buttle, substitute back row Robbie Searle, a second by Buttle, then another from Searle to end the game.

Molyneuz was successful with three more conversions to complete the demolition of the Counties.

Next week Dorset and Wilts visit Lewes Rugby club to play Sussex and it is hoped that some of the players missing against Hants.will be available for selection.

After the game a Dorset and Wilts spokesman said: The lads we had out today did their best for their county against a very powerful well drilled side and we offer no criticism of them at all despite the result. I thought that there were a few positives to away. Bournemouth scrum half Sam Hardcastle had them rocking on their heels a few times, but we just couldnt win enough ball to exert any pressure on their defence and get into striking distance of their line.

We have got another chance to put things right at Lewes next week and we are keeping out fingers crossed that we can bolster up the squad with some of the players who were not available to us today.

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