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Rugby round-up: Minstermen make it a treble
WIMBORNE celebrated an early-season hat-trick by racking up their third successive win from a hard-fought clash with Trowbridge at Leigh Park.
The All Blacks continued their impressive opening to the Southern Counties South campaign by fending off their rivals to secure a 25-15 victory on Saturday.
Trowbridge dominated the early stages but found themselves reduced to 14 men on the half hour when a prop was sent to the sin-bin.
And Wimborne wasted no time in capitalising on their numerical advantage as Nick Bolton opened the scoring with a penalty.
That was swiftly followed by a smart score from Charlie Samways, who profited from taking a quick tap penalty to burst over the line for his maiden senior try. Bolton added the extras to give Wimborne a 10-point cushion.
But Trowbridge refused to throw in the towel and they got a converted try before going over for an unconverted score to lead 12-10.
Another Bolton penalty put Wimborne back in front but All Blacks centre Ollie Hamer was sin-binned and from the resulting penalty, Trowbridge regained the advantage 15-13.
However, Wimborne skipper Steve King, who had moved to centre to cover Hamer, forced his way over with Bolton converting to put Wimborne five points up. And the Minstermen made certain of the victory when sub Jack Mason celebrated his first try for the senior side.
- Elsewhere in Southern Counties South, a late flurry from hosts Sherborne eventually saw off Swanage & Wareham’s challenge in a keenly-contested clash.
Swans suffered a 27-13 defeat although the comfortable winning margin came after the hosts had run in two tries in the final five minutes.
Captain Rob Elford had given Swans an ideal start by finishing a catch-and-drive move before Sherborne hit straight back through Ben Austin and an Ollie Mottram conversion. Mottram added a penalty to put the home side 10-5 up at the break, but he missed further chances with the boot to extend the advantage.
Charlie Parish landed a kick to cut the deficit but Sherborne extended their lead with a well-worked converted effort.
Swans skipper Elford crashed over for his second of the game but with the contest finely balanced at 17-13, Sherborne managed to produce a fine late show.
- In-form Dominic Pitt scored his second hat-trick of the season as Ellingham & Ringwood maintained their perfect record with a 43-7 win at Old Mid-Whitgiftian in London Three South West. Dan Stewart (2) and Rob Smith also touched down, while Charlie Cockram kicked five conversions and a penalty.
- In Dorset & Wilts One South, Oakmeadians won 22-12 at Frome seconds, while Blandford drew 25-25 at East Dorset.
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