TWO Dorchester teams take a break from league action this weekend and both play at Surcouf Park in Dorset & Wilts knockout competitions.

The Highwood-sponsored first team lock horns with Dorset Dockers in the First XV Vase competition semi-final (2.15pm), whilst the Phase 3 Kitchens-sponsored A XV welcome Oakmeadians in the Second XV Shield quarter-final (2pm).

Dorchester’s first team remain unbeaten this season and will be keen to keep the momentum going.

Coach Martin Oxland will pick the strongest team available to him for the game, keeping the core of the team intact.

Skipper James Newsam returns to the team with vice-captain Callum King ever present in the centre.

Regular fly-half James McKendry is still out injured meaning Oxland will look at his options for the position.

Dorchester are fully aware Dorset Dockers will be looking to avenge a 31-27 loss as the county town side narrowly beat them in the first match of the season.

With a number of injuries, Oxland will hope for improved availability to pit his best side against the strong Dockers.

With the A XV side also with home advantage over Oakmeadians, Matt Fry will look to capitalise and play a strong running game denied them due to conditions last time out.

Oaks sit higher in the league table than the home side due to one more win, so the game will inevitably be a tight battle.

In an unusually quiet Sunday at home for the youth section, only the under-14s play at Surcouf Park, entertaining rivals Weymouth & Portland.