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Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South Full time

North Dorset RFC 1st 5 - 5 Frome RFC 1st


The Frome RFC 1st XV travelled to Gillingham to face old foes North Dorset in their last away league fixture...

The Frome RFC 1st travelled to Gillingham on Saturday to face old foes North Dorset RFC 1st, who are one of only to sides to have defeated Frome this season.

The home side started strongly and despite stout Frome defence took an early lead when home Hooker Robbie Sampson burrowed over from 2 metres, the conversion drifting wide.

Frome were now getting more control of the game but were coming up against a stern home defence and couldn't find a way through, a chance came following a penalty but kicker James Howard was unable to convert. With the Frome defence also in the ascendancy lead by man of the match Dom Jones half time came with the home side leading by 5 points.

North Dorset RFC 1st v Frome RFC 1st
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Half Time Score: North Dorset RFC 1st 5 - 0 Frome RFC 1st

Frome started the second half in determined mood and put pressure on the home line from the kick off. After a period of sustained pressure with the home side conceding a number of penalties on there own line and following a succession of scrums Frome eventually scored when Hooker Geoff Taylor crashed over from 5 metres. The conversion attempt by Captain John Benstead drifted wide and the scores were level at 5 points all.

The final five minutes saw both sides try and create a scoring opportunity but with defences dominating the game finished all square.

Full Time Score: North Dorset RFC 1st 5 - 5 Frome RFC 1st

head Coach Toby Culff commented "This was another of 'those days' on which we failed to play well enough to really say that we 'deserved' to win. That we put ourselves in a position to win, after another sloppy and sleepy start, and a thoroughly disjointed performance in nearly every department, was pleasing and an improvement on our last fixture with North Dorset, but a draw was probably a fair outcome. We often have 'those days' against North Dorset; they're fierce and physical tacklers, strong in the set piece, and competitive at the breakdown. Games between our two clubs are always close and hard fought. Due to injury and unavailability, we called up several players from the 2nds and played others out of position. I'd like to express my gratitude to those players for doing their jobs capably and without complaint."

Man of the match, sponsored by The Old Bath Arms, Frome went to Frome RFC Fly Half Dominic Jones.

The Frome RFC 1st XV are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Southern Counties South league winners Sherborne RFC 1st to Gypsy Lane in the last league fixture of the season. With the Frome RFC 1st already securing the 2nd place playoff position, a good result for Frome will put them in good form coming into the playoff game on April 27th.

Picture by Mark Sangster.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – March: Minehead Barbarians RFC

Dominic Jones

Player of the Match

Dominic Jones

Key moments

Try Try for North Dorset
Try Geoff Taylor scores for Frome

Videos and photos

North Dorset RFC 1st v Frome RFC 1st
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80:00 Player of the Match
Dominic Jones is awarded player of the match for Frome
65:00 Try 5 - 5
Geoff Taylor scores for Frome
65:00 Missed Conversion
John Benstead misses a conversion for Frome
55:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for North Dorset
50:00 Sub Off
Luke Stanley is substituted off for Frome
End of period 1
35:00 Missed Penalty
James Howard misses a penalty for Frome
30:00 Sub On
Simon Travers is substituted on for Frome
15:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for North Dorset
15:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for North Dorset
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • North Dorset
  • Frome
  • 0
  • Try 15:00'
  • Simon Travers Sub On 30:00'
  • Luke Stanley Sub Off 50:00'
  • Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Geoff Taylor Try 65:00'

Team selection

King, Matt King, Matt
Tiley, Ben Tiley, Ben
Frost, Alistair Frost, Alistair
Rutt, Mike Rutt, Mike
Toten, Ross Toten, Ross
Jones, Dominic Jones, Dominic
Benstead, John Benstead, John
Mallon, Alex Mallon, Alex
Smith, Matt Smith, Matt
Hastie, Cameron Hastie, Cameron
Meenan, Phil Meenan, Phil
Howard, James Howard, James
Blaney, Aaron Blaney, Aaron
Taylor, Geoff Taylor, Geoff
Benstead, George Benstead, George

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Frome 21 74
2. Walcot 19 40
3. Thatcham 20 32
4. Sherborne 5 20
5. Grove 8 16
6. North Dorset 8 16
7. Yeovil 7 12

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