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RUGBY: Dorchester earn second Monmouth derby victory
7:00pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Rugby
WEYMOUTH SECONDS 5
DORCHESTER SECONDS 19
SEVEN days after one Dorchester side came away from Monmouth Avenue with a win another made the journey over the Ridgeway and returned celebrating the same outcome.
With a strong pack of forwards, the home side made a much better game of it than their first XV did a week earlier, and it wasn’t until near the end that the result was settled.
The match started in typical derby fashion with both teams trying to implement their game plans without giving too much away.
The home side used their considerable size advantage in the pack to starve Dorchester of the ball but the visitors’ defence was well-organised and nothing looked like getting through.
A few breaks by Dorchester looked threatening but handling errors were letting them down.
Towards the end of the half, the referee sent Josh Hosford to the sin-bin.
Weymouth tried to apply more pressure with the extra man, but Dorchester stuck to their defensive duties.
This was typified by an excellent tackle into touch by Paul Broadbent, which stopped a certain try.
In the end though, Weymouth broke a couple of tackles and went over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Dorchester knew that with patience and possession they would prevail in the second half. With the hosts tiring the county town side started to make inroads.
The forwards won a few turnovers and began to get the better of their rivals.
From a five-metre scrum, the ball was spun out to the backs and, after breaking through a couple of tackles, Toby Waddington went over under the posts to level the scores. Dan Cree added the extras.
From here on in Dorchester kept applying the pressure and it wasn’t long before Waddington made another strong run to score beside the posts for his second. Again, Cree converted.
With the game entering the final 15 minutes, Dorchester pushed hard for the two tries that would earn a bonus point.
They finally scored their third through left-winger Jake Murdoch, after a strong run.
The hurried conversion was missed as Dorchester pressed for a fourth. It wasn’t to be, but they settled for a hard-fought win.
The visitors, top of Dorset & Wilts Two South, will be proud of their second-half performance and looking to build on it.
Man of the match: Paul Broadbent
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