PUDDLETOWN thrashed North Dorset Seconds 88-15 with a brilliant 14-try performance in a crucial clash for both sides in Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts One South.

Puddletown opened the scoring after five minutes with fly-half James Elwood slotting a penalty from 20 metres out.

It was also Elwood who scored the first try and conversion, after a searing break by first-time starter on the left-wing Tom Roy, the ball was passed neatly across the backs to Elwood on the right and he went in under the posts.

The hosts scored the next try from a five-metre scrum, the ball fed out to their fly-half who barrelled over to score an unconverted try.

The remainder of the first half saw further tries for the visitors from man-of-the-match Tom Nickisson, flanker Chris Haynes and another for Elwood who also scored another penalty.

At the break Puddletown led 28-5, but the second half would see Puddletown playing against the elements, so it was still all to play for.

Two minutes after the break, Tom Roy showed some real pace to run in from 25 metres out and go over in the corner to score his maiden try for the club.

Another well-taken try for Haynes was followed immediately from the restart by a converted try for Tom Yeatman.

The North Dorset defence found it difficult to cope with the crisp passing and pace of the Villagers out wide.

A try of individual brilliance by James House, pirouetting out of tackles from his own half brought up the half-century for the visitors.

Elwood was at the centre of everything for Puddletown, he scored another two tries taking his total to four for the day, and also set up replacement right-wing Sam Holt with a try.

With the score at 69-5, the North Dorset pack showed some power and drove over in the corner for an unconverted try.

The next try saw Sam Holt turn provider, with a powerful break through the midfield, he passed out to replacement centre Tom Nixon, the ball was passed through the backs, with Nixon receiving the final pass to go over to score, converting his own try.

Roy scored his second try of the game from 40 metres out and hooker Jez Beale added another try for the forwards.

The last score went to the home side who showed good resilience to go through the phases and score an unconverted try in the corner to make the final score 88-15.

Puddletown host Bournemouth Thirds on Saturday.


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