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RUGBY: Plummer's plans are under wraps for Dorchester derby
CHRIS Plummer is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of tomorrow’s derby date at Mon-mouth Avenue (3pm).
The new Weymouth head coach has the utmost respect for local rivals Dorchester but is hopeful his men can spring a surprise.
Plummer told Echosport: “Like us, Dorchester are also going through a transitional period of their own but they have always had a habit of picking up plenty of players.
“They have a lot more experience than us at this level and the fact they beat us twice last season means they will be seen as favourites for tomorrow.
“It’s certainly going to be a physical battle for our forwards and we are looking forward to it.”
Unfortunately for Plummer, he is likely to be without the services of star man Will Quick, which he admits is a big setback.
He added: “Will has been to see a physio and it looks like he could be out for quite a while.
“It’s a huge blow because he makes a massive difference for us. Not only has he got bags of pace but he also has a proven ability to score tries at this level.
“We have still got some aces up our sleeves though, with a couple of lads set to make their debuts, so it should be a very interesting game.”
Plummer refused to reveal any names following that last statement but he is expecting the clash to draw a big crowd.
He said: “There is always a good turnout for these games.
“We might have a few of the old players and vice-presidents coming down beforehand, and with not much love lost between the two sides it should be very interesting.”
Weymouth began their South-ern Counties South campaign with 34-7 defeat against Corsham last weekend, while Dorchester triumphed 29-13 against Ivel Barbarians.
County town coach Rich Ba-ment said: “Given that we only had one pre-season game, the team adapted well last Saturday in order to get the win.
“Obviously there is now a lot of excitement about playing Weymouth, so we’ll soak in the occasion and let it inspire us.”
Head coach Martin Peel is back from his charity swim to take charge of Dorchester for the first time in the league and has a full strength squad to pick from.
League rivals Swanage & Wareham also face an intriguing home clash against Wimborne.
The Swans won 27-23 at North Dorset in their opening fixture with tries from Darren Wilcox (2), Chris Tomes, Dan Collins and Charlie Parish, and a conversion from Callum Baird.
Elsewhere, Bridport host East Dorset in Dorset & Wilts One South, while Puddletown will make the trip to Frome Seconds in Dorset & Wilts Town South.
Puddletown coaching co-ordinator Toby Musgrove is expecting a physical encounter at Gipsy Lane but is very much looking forward to building on last weekend’s 38-0 victory over Poole, with a big squad to choose from.
Dorchester Seconds are also in action at home to New Milton Seconds.
Skipper Tom Evans is unavailable for the county town side, which will be led on this occasion by experienced hooker Simon Pengelly.
Evans said: “New Milton al-ways bring a heavy duty pack so the lads know they will be in for a busy game.”
Finally, Weymouth Thirds entertain Bridport Seconds in Dorset & Wilts Four.
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