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RUGBY: Dorchester hit back to deny Barbarians
DORCHESTER 29 IVEL BARBARIANS 13
DORCHESTER had to come from behind to beat newly-promoted Ivel Barbarians with the home side’s dominance in the scrum proving decisive.
The hosts opened the scoring in this Southern Counties South contest with a Jamie Morgan penalty, which was quickly answered by a penalty by the Ivel outside half.
Dorchester were already giving their opponents all kind of problems in the set-piece but Ivel were competing fiercely at the breakdown and preventing the county town getting any continuity.
Indeed it was the visitors who made the first big breakthrough. Their centre broke several tackles in midfield and when he was finally hauled down, the ball was quickly recycled and a massive overlap allowed the right-winger to cross for the opening try.
The successful conversion and subsequent penalty goal meant that Dorchester trailed by 10 points halfway through the first period.
The hosts had the better of the second quarter and a succession of penalties allowed Morgan to kick two goals and close the gap to just four points at the break.
Straight from the restart, Dor-chester then showed greater intent and dominated both possession and territory.
An early penalty closed the gap to a single point and as the pressure mounted on the Ivel defence, the inevitable happened, the visitors losing two men to the sin-bin.
Dorchester took full advantage by scoring two tries with left-winger James Spensley crossing first, followed by blindside flanker Chris Miners. Morgan converted the second and the hosts now led by 11 points.
Ivel, restored to a full XV, managed to limit any further damage to a single try, which saw Dave Gower cross with a trademark drive from all of a foot.
The home side had chances to earn a bonus point but a lack of composure with the final pass cost them on several occasions.
With the last play of the game, Joe Newton appeared to have touched down in the left-hand corner but the eagle-eyed touch judge spotted a foot on the touchline and the score was chalked off.
Man of the Match: John Warren
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