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RUGBY: Pointless Weymouth suffer crushing Walcot walloping
WALCOT 79 WEYMOUTH 7
WEYMOUTH are now the only side without a point in Southern Counties South after suffering a crushing defeat to Walcot at the weekend.
It may still be very early in the season but the league table doesn’t make for pleasant reading if you are a Weymouth fan – three losses from three with 172 points conceded and only 14 scored.
Chris Plummer certainly is having a baptism of fire as Wey-mouth’s new head coach and it doesn’t get any easier for him this Saturday with top of the table Wells, who thrashed Ivel Barbarians 86-0 last time out, coming to Monmouth Avenue.
Scrum-half Craig Barter scored Weymouth’s solitary try at Walcot and apart from the performance of Ryan Lewingdon and skipper Julian Quick, there wasn’t much for Plummer to get excited about.
Tackling proved to be the visitors’ Achilles heel as the home side’s try tally raced into double figures.
“We were fairly lightweight in the forwards but we pretty much had our best set of backs playing,” said Plummer. “But it just didn’t happen for us and Walcot scored tries from all over the park.
“It was poor first up tackling that was the problem and that allowed them to get over the gain line and in behind us.
“We didn’t really let Corsham or Dorchester do that against us but against Walcot our tackling was ineffective and we were outflanked, which was quite surprising.
“Our scrum and line-out weren’t that good and to be fair, Walcot are a decent side but they’re not going to be near the top of the table at the end of the season.”
He went on: “Our try came late in the second half when we were about 50 points down.
“We had a consistent spell of pressure on their line and after a couple of pick and drives Craig Barter peeled off the back of the maul to score and Alex Thoms converted.
“We were outplayed but I have to say Ryan Lewingdon never stopped tackling and Julian Quick led by example at number eight.”
Meanwhile, Weymouth Seconds were beaten 19-5 at home by rivals Dorchester Seconds in Dorset & Wilts Two South. They go to Poole on Saturday.
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