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Buoyant Villagers enjoy romp at Poole
POOLE 7 PUDDLETOWN 40
PUDDLETOWN kept their sights firmly on target for a top-three finish in Dorset & Wilts Two South after a resounding victory at Poole.
With the hosts still smarting from two successive 50-point defeats, the Villagers went into this game knowing there was the potential for a Turlin Moor backlash.
However, recent results of their own have seen an increasingly confident and well-drilled team take to the field, and although the home side battled hard for 80 minutes they simply had no answer to Puddle-town’s pace and power.
It took just five minutes for the Villagers to go ahead, with centre Matt Watts taking a short pass from the hard-running Jon Perrett to cross over by the posts and give skipper Tom Yeatman a simple conversion kick.
However, Poole countered well and it was another 10 minutes before the Villagers regained the initiative, flanker Toby Boatswain eventually breaking clear to score after good interplay between Barry Dovell and winger Matt Isaac. Yeatman added the extras, then, almost immediately, scrum-half Toby Musgrove scored a third, beating two men as he jinked his way to the line.
Yeatman completed his hat-trick, and with the Puddletown pressure continuing, the bonus point was secured before half-time.
The forwards won a scrum on the 22, the ball went out to Watts and once again he straightened up, with, this time, flanker Perrett on his shoulder to take the final pass and power over.
The skipper made it 28-0 before Poole got some reward for their first-half efforts, with a speculative kick ahead catching out the Villagers’ defence, the home winger being first to react to the bounce and sprinting clear for a converted try.
This lifted the hosts and after the break they enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy before Puddletown reasserted themselves with two more scores in the final quarter.
Firstly, good work between Boatswain and winger James House put Watts through for his second try, then minutes later, Jeremy Michael-Beale made ground following a line-out, the ball was quickly recycled, and fly-half Dovell darted thought the gap to touch down.
Yeatman made it 10 points out of 12 with his final conversion kick. Dorset Piddle Brewery Man of the Match: Toby Boatswain