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RUGBY: Weymouth coach Plummer positive despite battering
NORTH DORSET 85 WEYMOUTH 5
CHRIS Plummer admitted that despite the 80-point margin of defeat there were still a few crumbs of comfort to take from his Weymouth side’s performance.
The visitors ended the Southern Counties South clash with four flankers playing in the backs, again underlining their problems with player availability this season.
However, although deeply disappointed with the final result, head coach Plummer was at least happy that he was able to get a side on to the field – a front row crisis had forced the club to cancel their game with Wells seven days previously.
Weymouth were also without a specialist hooker but 38-year-old Lian Berry stepped in to help the cause and ended up scoring his side’s only try of the match.
“It was actually a much better forward performance from the pack and the scrum held its own, and put them under pressure,” said Plummer.
“Lian did really well at hooker and our lineout and scrummaging was solid.
“Unfortunately, we were playing people out of position and, at one point, there were four flank forwards in the backs.
“North Dorset had a very quick recycling game and ran the ball from everywhere.
“We fell off tackles and made too many mistakes.”
The hosts had bagged a bonus point within 25 minutes of the start and at the interval were halfway towards their final score.
To make matters worse, Wey-mouth lost scrum-half Craig Barter and centre turned fly-half Ryan Lewingdon to injury in the second half.
Weymouth used their full complement of replacements and were forced into uncontested scrums for the last 10 minutes due to a lack of front row cover on the bench.
Plummer added: “We did well in the set-piece and we were down about 70 points when Lian Berry found himself out on the wing to score.
“We just have to keeping working on our defence but the things we have worked on in training have improved.
“There is rather a lot to work on and shoring up the defence is the top priority.”
The Seasiders remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table on minus-five points and the scale of their task this term was made even more clearer at the weekend given results elsewhere in the division.
Ivel Barbarians, who drew 31-31 with Weymouth’s conquerors North Dorset two games ago, were thrashed 82-8 by Wimb- orne.
Weymouth’s next test comes at home against league leaders Wimborne a week on Saturday as the club elected not to enter the first team in the Dorset & Wilts Cup.
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