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Rowberry at the double as Swans secure revenge over Wimborne
CHARLIE Rowberry was the two-try hero when Swanage & Wareham claimed a morale-boosting home victory over in-form rivals Wimborne.
Swans, who have just one win in five Southern Counties South matches this term, defied the odds to register a 21-13 success to dethrone the holders in Saturday’s Dorset & Wilts Cup quarter-final clash.
Wimborne, who play in the same division, had gone into the game on the back of five consecutive victories and having beaten Swans 20-19 in the league earlier this season.
However, Swans avenged that agonising one-point loss to progress to the semi-finals of the county competition.
James Mikolajewski booted Wimborne into an early 3-0 lead before Swans hit back when Rowberry crossed for the first of his efforts.
And things got even better for Swans and their left winger nine minutes before the interval. Following a line-out, Rowberry collected the ball, cut inside and then carved across the field to glide past several Wimborne defenders to score a spectacular try in the right-hand corner.
Charlie Parish and Mikolajewski then traded penalties to leave Swans 13-6 in front at the break.
The hosts extended their advantage when lock forward Dan Collins scored in the corner before Wimborne’s replacement winger Will Wright raced in from outside the Swans 22 and Mikolajewski added the conversion to slash the deficit.
But despite seeing a back-row forward sin-binned in the closing stages, Swans secured victory on 75 minutes when Parish landed his second penalty.
Swans will entertain Trowbridge in the semi-finals on November 16.
Elsewhere, Lytchett Minster racked up a 40-0 win over Poole.
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