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Coach Flower insists Dockers must fight for every point
COACH Tim Flower insisted Dorset Dockers had to fight for every point despite their 128-0 triumph in a mismatch against Oakmeadians IIs on Saturday.
The newly formed side, taking to the field in only their fifth competitive fixture, ran in no fewer than 20 tries in their Dorset & Wilts Two South derby date, with a score sheet that boasted 13 different names.
Alex Priest topped the charts with five while former Bournemouth prospect Dan Mallard helped himself to a hat-trick in the one-sided affair.
Dockers kicked 14 successful conversions for good measure, but far from cowing over the mammoth victory Flower was quick to praise the opposition for soldiering on without resorting to dirty tactics.
Flower told the Daily Echo: “We have a lot of ex-Oaks lads in our team and the RFU sent down a senior referee because it was seen as something of a grudge match, but as it turned out even the match officials said it was one of the cleanest games they had taken part in.
“There was not one penalty given for foul play and credit must go to both sides. Despite the score, they fought for every inch and kept up their heads. A lot of respect was shown by both teams and we had to earn everything we got.”
Dockers have won all five matches at a canter this season, registering bonus points in each fixture with Flower proud of his team’s stellar start.
“It has been better than we could have possibly expected,” said Flower.
“The lads have really bought into what we have tried to do. The aim of the club is to play rugby without restriction and while we all want to win, we wouldn’t want to do that at the expense of enjoyment.”
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