Sat 05
1st XV
Swanage & Wareham
A Maton, P Willetts, S Preece, L Hemming, R Pinkney
L Hemming (3)


By steve preece
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Today Cents met the return match of Swanage & Wareham at the Stade de Bridge and were hoping for a much improved performence from the last time they clashed at their home ground back in September.

The weather was kind to the Gloucester team who have not played at their home ground for 2 months, it stayed dry all week which meant the game could go ahead on the sticky pitch.
Cents took control of the game right from the first whistle with their strong set of forwards keeping hold of the ball for long periods leaving Swanage just scrapes to play with.
With most of the play being played in the oppositions half the first try came from a series of phases which then went out wide to winger Alex Maton who beat his opposite man and scored in the corner, the conversion was missed.
The Swanage team defended superbly throughout the game and kept the score to just 5 points by halftime.
The second half started with Cents playing down the slope with Coach Jack Preece switching players around to change their game plan and within the next 5 minutes Cents scored two converted try's from Prop Sam Preece off a driving maul and Captain Pete Willetts who was on the end of move from a dazzlling run by man of the match Rob Jones.
Score 19-0
Centre Ryan Townsend was next to get on the scoreborad following some good interplay from the forwards.
Swanage then got on the wrong side of the referee and had a player sin binned which made life even harder for them as Cents carried on attacking their try line and next came the best try of the day when winger Joe Preece made a good run slicing open their defensive line and feeding Liam hemming to score in the corner but he missed the conversion.
Score 31-0
Cents scored their last try after Scumhalf Rich Preece sniped blind to put Rich Pinkney in to score in the corner after coming back from a long injury.

This was a good solid performence and a clean sheet against a side that defended very well but perhaps lacked any attacking threat.

Report by Steve Preece

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Match details

Match date

Sat 05, Jan 2013



Meet time



South West 1 East
Rob Jones

Player of the match

Rob Jones