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First-half blitz fires Swans to victory
SWANAGE & Wareham roared to victory at Frome after laying the winning foundations with a 26-point first-half blitz.
Swans, on the back of a fine Dorset & Wilts Cup triumph over Wimborne, continued their form to register a 34-12 success at Frome on Saturday.
The club’s second win of the Southern Counties South season came largely thanks to a scintillating performance in the opening 40 minutes.
Despite playing into the wind, Swans all but secured victory in the first half by crossing for four tries – three of which were converted by Charlie Parish.
Swans took the lead after just five minutes when left winger Charlie Rowberry turned the ball inside for right winger Karl Barton to get his first try of the season.
Number eight Joe Desmond went over out wide before Rowberry crossed under the posts for a converted score.
Hooker Robert Elford was the next man to touch down and by the time Parish had added the extras, Swans found themselves with a commanding 26-0 advantage.
Frome got off the mark with a 62nd-minute try before the hosts then produced a converted score to cut the deficit with 10 minutes remaining.
However, Swans had the final say when Parish booted a penalty before Rowberry completed his double following a solo run.
- Charlie Cockram starred as Ellingham & Ringwood maintained their perfect London Three South West record with a 47-18 home win over London Exiles.
They made it six victories out of six – and an impressive 302 points scored in those games – to register another convincing success on Saturday.
Dan Stewart, Lee McKeith, Dominic Pitt and Duncan Soden all got on the scoresheet but Cockram was the main man as a try, five conversions and four penalties saw him deliver a 27-point haul.
- In Dorset & Wilts Two South, 10-try Lytchett Minster continued their impressive form with a 66-17 win against New Milton II.
Lewis Mitchell kicked eight conversions as Pete Boxall (2), Mike Myers (2), Pete Wilkinson (2), Wayne Hansell, Alex Wilson, James Sims and Chris Hepps all grabbed tries.
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