Rowberry's double helps Swans claim bragging rights

Bournemouth Echo: . .

CHARLIE Rowberry scored two tries as Swanage & Wareham claimed the bragging rights by condemning derby rivals Wimborne to a 15-10 defeat.

Wimborne made a fine start to the Southern Counties South season but were left with four losses in their past five games following this latest setback.

While their neighbours are now in fourth position, Swans continued their improvement and climbed to fifth as they registered their fifth league win this term.

Swans duo Rowberry (2) and Daffyd Wright got on the scoresheet as efforts from James Mikolajewski and Ollie Tarbard proved in vain for the hosts at Leigh Park.

Saturday’s showdown was the third meeting between the teams this season. Wimborne won the opening league clash 20-19 before Swans gained their revenge with a 21-13 success in the Dorset & Wilts Cup. And the fast-starting Swans completed a double over their local foes in another hard-fought contest.

Rowberry struck with just five minutes on the clock as Swans took the early initiative before both teams, through Phil Graves and Mikolajewski, respectively, missed penalties in the opening 20 minutes.

Wimborne number eight Steve King was yellow carded before the interval and Swans made their numerical advantage count after the break as they extended their lead. Following an attacking scrum, Jake Warren broke clear and was tackled inches from the line but Wright followed up to drive over and hand the visitors a 10-0 cushion.

Wimborne refused to throw in the towel and after Ollie Hamer had burst through the centre, Ryan Maidment fed Mikolajewski to score in the corner.

With Wimborne now within five points, Swans restored their 10-point advantage when Rowberry grabbed another unconverted effort.

There was still time for Tarbard, who had just come on as a replacement, to mark his senior Wimborne debut with a try, but Swans were not to be denied.

Wimborne: Unwin, R Brokenshire, Adams, Day, Christopher, Napier, Robertson, King, Samways, Maidment, J Brokenshire, W Tarbard, Hamer, Mikolajewski, Bolton, Carey, O Tarbard, Allan.

Swans: Moriarty, Oliver, Triniman, Wil-cox, Rowberry, Graves, Warren, Shel-drake, Elford, Andrews (Audley, h-t), Collins (Pilkington, 57), Corsie (Burgess, h-t), Wright, Jones, Desmond.

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