Dear SRFC VP,
Just the two senior fixtures last weekend as the Colts enjoyed a weekend off.
The Colts got things underway on Friday evening with a Merit Table fixture away at local rivals North Dorset. Fixtures with North, at all levels, are always keenly contested and this one was no exception. Sherborne were not quite at their best on the night but were still good enough to keep their 100% record intact with a 24-10 win that sees them continue to set the pace in their section of the merit table.
On Saturday it was the turn of the 1st XV as they travelled to Devizes for their Dorset & Wilts cup semi-final. The opposition were soundly beaten 39-10 in the league only two weeks prior but with this being a cup semi-final and Devizes taking home advantage this time that sort of result was unlikely this time, especially as that defeat was the only defeat Devizes have suffered this term.
The opening exchanges were tight and the game scoreless after 25 minutes and with Sherborne having the advantage of the slope and wind in this half pressure was beginning to build a little. However two quick penalties and a 40 metre dropgoal from Rhodri Hopkins eased the pressure and with both sides crossing the whitewash just before the break, Sherborne adding the extras to their score, the teams turned around with the game well balanced as Sherborne led by 16-5.
After the break Devizes quickly cut the deficit to four points with a converted try of their own and the game was well and truly back on. Sherborne have made a habit of closing out games well this season and, having recovered from the Devizes push, they scored two quick converted tries to come away with the win by 30-12.
With North Dorset overcoming Corsham in the other semi-final it will be two local sides in the final on 2nd December. The venue is yet to be announced but somewhere local would be the sensible choice and I guess Dorchester the obvious one. I will let you know when I hear something.
This weekend all three senior sides are back in league action at home and all three face serious challenges to their 100% records.
On Saturday the 1st XV host Marlborough who have sit third in the league having lost just the once this season and come to Sherborne having recorded a 29-12 win over North Dorset last time out. Kick off for this one is 14:30.
The 2nd XV are also at home on Saturday despite having won all eight league fixtures this season Sherborne still sit second in the table and a point behind the visitors, Puddletown 1st XV, due to the fact that Puddletown have picked up the bonus point in all their wins. This game also kicks off at 14:30 and represents the toughrest challenge both these sides have faced this season - should be good!
On Sunday the Colts XV host Salisbury Colts in a Merit Table game. The visitors have only lost once this season and sit second to Sherborne in this section.
Three cracking games in prospect, I hope many of you will be able to attend and add your support on one or both days.
Key future dates for your diary:
Saturday 2nd December Dorset & Wilts 1st XV Cup Final v North Dorset RFC KO 2pm
Saturday 2nd December Dorset & Wilts 2nd XV Shield Semi Final v Dorchester RFC (Away) KO 2pm
Wednesday 6th December SRFC Colts v Sherborne School (Home) KO 7.30pm
Saturday 9th December 1st XV v North Dorset RFC (Away) KO 2.15pm
Saturday 30th December U16s/Colts Inter-Club Fixture KO 2pm
Saturday 30th December SRFC 1st XV v President’s XV KO 3.30pm
Saturday 6th January Dorset & Wilts 2nd XV Shield Final KO 2pm
Sunday 14th January U18 Dorset & Wilts Plate Final v Chippenham RFC (Home) KO 2pm
Saturday 3rd February 1st XV v Yeovil RFC (Away) KO 2.30pm
Friday 9th February Social/Vets XV v North Dorset RFC (Away) KO 7.30pm
Saturday 24th February Club Away Day Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints
Friday 16th March Social/Vets XV v North Dorset RFC (Home) KO 7.30pm
Friday 6th April 1st XV v North Dorset RFC (Home) KO 7.30pm
Saturday 21st April SRFC Annual Dinner & Dance
Updated 09:08 - 21 Nov 2017 by Philippa O'Grady