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RUGBY: Dorchester coach is up for the cup
DORCHESTER will be hoping to return to winning ways tomorrow when they swap the league for the Dorset & Wilts Cup.
The county town side head to Wiltshire for a quarter-final tie against fellow Southern Counties South side Trowbridge (2.30pm).
Head coach Martyn Peel is treating the fixture with the utmost respect and will field the strongest team available to him.
“A cup run is good for everyone involved, for the players and the club,” he said. “We’ve reflected on the Wells game and have focused this week on being really positive, both in attack and defence.
“What I’m looking to see more of is a never-say-die attitude and that can only come from the guys selected out on the pitch.”
On the back of their fourth successive league win, Dorchester Seconds have the weekend off thanks to a bye in the Dorset & Wilts 2nd XV Shield. That comes following their appearance in the final last season.
They could meet Weymouth Seconds in the last eight next month providing the seasiders see off Blandford in round one tomorrow.
The Weymouth first team, however, will not be in action this weekend after the club made the difficult decision to pull out of the Dorset & Wilts Cup.
With player availability an issue already this season, the decision was made to withdraw Chris Plummer’s side from the competition and allow his charges extra time to get fit for the rest of the Southern Counties South programme.
“As a club, we felt we were going to be up against it and the decision was made not to play in the cup,” said head coach Plummer.
“We felt it was best to give the players a weekend to rest and recover and then try and consolidate our position in the league.”
The same reason has also seen Puddletown, who had been due to face Dorset Dockers, drop out of the Dorset & Wilts Plate.
Swanage & Wareham are also in cup quarter-final action and could set up a semi-final clash with Dorchester if they overcome Wimborne at home.
In the Dorset & Wilts 3rd XV Cup, Weymouth entertain Oak-meadians while Swanage have a bye to the quarters.
n Dorchester Ladies suffered a 60-10 defeat at Plymstock Ladies in their first away game of the new league campaign.
“Throughout the encounter Dorchester never gave up and this was reflected in tries from captain Roo Stainton, who ran the length of the pitch, and Libby Smith, who scored from around 30 yards out,” said coach Sammy Wilson.
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