BRIDPORT had to give second best to a strong Bournemouth side with their defence having no real answer to the direct running and offloads of The visiting back line.

The Blues conceded four tries in each half to lose 46-24 in Dorset & Wilts One South.

With two tall second rows, Bournemouth started to dominate the line-outs, taking the Blues’ throw ins and it was at a line-out close in that they opened the scoring with a converted try.

After a rare line-out steal, Rory Greening broke the cover defence offloaded to Mitch Waters to get into the Bournemouth 22 but was forced into touch.

From the line-out, the Bournemouth backs ran strongly, with good offloading going the length of the field to score.

The backs were again to the fore and, from a penalty, the visitors scored again.

The Blues’ scrum was now starting to dominate and from a knock-on in the 22 the forwards drove the scrum close to the line and Dave Cutting picked up smartly to score in the corner, which was converted by Waters.

Bournemouth again dominated from the kick-off and scored again under the posts for a half-time score of 24-7.

The kick-off went directly into touch and, from the line-out, Bournemouth moved the ball through their backs to score an unconverted try.

The Blues, digging deep, went back into the opponents’ 22 from a Mitch Waters break and, after a scrum free-kick, Waters was able to force his way over but with the strong wind against him he was unable to convert.

The Blues forced a line-out turnover in the 22 and Harrison Crane with an excellent pick up went over for a try.

However, the Blues conceded another try after poor control of a ruck and, then after gaining a five-metre scrum penalty, they opted for a quick tap and go, lost the ball and with the defence out of position Bournemouth went the length of the field to score.

The Blues did not give up, coming back strongly into the 22 where their scrum won position on the Bournemouth line and Cutting was again on hand to go over for the bonus point, with Waters converting.

From the kick off, Bournemouth forced their way through the Blues for the final try to condemn the hosts to a 46-24 defeat.

Bridport’s are away to Wimborne Seconds on Saturday, October 20.


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