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RUGBY: Quick takes the positives after Weymouth's opening-day defeat
WEYMOUTH 7 CORSHAM 34
THE final scoreline certainly did not reflect Weymouth’s performance in their season opener against Corsham at Monmouth Avenue.
The hosts were in contention for much of the afternoon in this Southern Counties South clash but the concession of too many penalties ended up costing them dear.
Weymouth team manager Des Quick said: “After a couple of years of having a settled first team, we had to adapt to a change in personnel and although we lost, I thought there were plenty of positives we could take from it.
“Our defence was excellent at times, our backs always looked dangerous and we also kept together and continued to fight right up until the end.
“We just couldn’t quite finish off some of our moves with the support not quite being there but if we work on that a bit more we should be okay.
“Our new fly-half Alex Toms put on a very mature performance for a young lad and Charlie Parkinson had a great game in his first full match for the first team, having come up through the Colts. The final scoreline certainly did not reflect the performance and I think we can take a lot of encouragement from it.”
Quick added: “We scored a try after 10 minutes through Joel Wilson, which Alex converted.
“They then replied five minutes later with an uncoverted try before taking the lead with a penalty kick just before half-time, which put them 8-7 ahead.
“They then had the wind in the second period, which allowed them to kick for position and build through their forwards, and after they scored from another penalty, they then grabbed a converted try after Julian had been yellow-carded.
“We then went on to struggle a bit after that but we kept going and almost got another try right at the death when we came up just short of the line.
“Corsham had already had a couple of practice games before that and are clearly into their rugby a bit earlier than we are this season but considering the changes in personnel we had, I thought we stood up to them well.
“Hopefully we can now build on that ahead of our next game at home to Dorchester on Satur-day.”
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