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RUGBY: Demolition derby as Callum is star for Dorchester
WEYMOUTH 0 DORCHESTER 59
CALLUM King grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Dorchester swept aside their fiercest rivals in a one-side derby at Monmouth Avenue.
In 26 seasons of league rugby the county town have only lost to their near neighbours once and it was clear from the very start of this latest meeting in Southern Counties South, that this record was not about to change.
Dorchester were dominant throughout and, for new Wey-mouth coach Chris Plummer, it made difficult viewing.
“They were a very good side, which we knew they would be,” said Plummer. “They were very fired up for it and they certainly beat us in the aggression stakes.
“We struggled to cope with it and their scrum dominated us for the whole game.
“They probably lived off 70 per cent possession whereas we only had 30 per cent. Their forwards gave them the impetus and their backs were able to capitalise.”
Playing in near-perfect conditions, Dorchester started well, putting huge pressure on Wey-mouth’s scrummage and lineout, and looking to spread the ball wide at every opportunity.
However, 20 minutes elapsed before the visitors finally broke Weymouth’s stubborn defence, Callum King cutting a great line through midfield and rounding the full-back to score by the posts. Jamie Morgan added the conversion and Dorchester were up and running.
Former Weymouth captain Stephen Hodgson then drove over from close range before King scored the try of the game, finishing off a sweeping move involving both forwards and backs.
Just before the break, the visitors earned the bonus point with a push over try credited to number eight Mark Sergison.
Morgan added all three conversions and the game was effectively over.
Unfortunately for the hosts, the second period continued in much the same fashion.
Weymouth were unable to win much quality ball and, as a result, were always on the back foot, allowing Dorchester to add five more tries.
Morgan danced through after James Spensley had ran back a poor clearance before Joe New-ton, Carl Mitchell and Dave Gower all powered over to in-crease the advantage.
To their credit, Weymouth continued to push for a consolation in the closing stages but when King picked off a stray pass before sprinting 50 metres to score his third try, it was clear it was going to be one of those days.
Morgan converted three of the second-half tries to wrap up the scoring.
Dorchester have clearly enjoyed a decent start to their season but with harder tests ahead they will need to keep improving. As for Weymouth, a long, hard season appears to be in prospect.
Plummer added: “We were missing one or two players through unavailability and we also brought new players in.
“Chris Williams made his debut at prop and back-row, and impressed, but it is clear it is going to take time for the new faces to gel.”
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