1st XV - Match centre

Weymouth & Portland
Full time
L Burch
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Dorset & Wilts 1 South


Dorchester, without several first choice players, were deservedly beaten by a fired up Weymouth side intent on revenge.


The early exchanges were fairly even with both sides happy to throw the ball around there were mistakes a plenty in the warm spring sunshine. It was the hosts who broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a breakaway converted try. Ten minutes later Weymouth’s heavyweight forwards rumbled over from close range and, although the conversion drifted wide, they went into the break with a comfortable twelve point lead.

Any hopes of a Dorchester comeback in the second period were soon snuffed out, Weymouth again using their big pack to drive over for a third try, The conversion and a successful penalty made the game safe but there was still time for a fine individual try from the Weymouth outside half and a consolation try from Dorchester second row Laurence Burch scoring his first try for the 1st XV.

Coach Ben Parker commented “A disappointing result for us against a very good Weymouth side. We struggled again to gel, with new faces replacing key players.”

“However we know we will end the season 4th in the league and that is a good achievement, given where the team were in November, when Rich Bament and myself came in as a new coaching partnership. We have a lot of work to do over the summer and pre-season. Recruitment, fitness, skills and team building if the club are to push for promotion.

“The players are determined to push for top place in the league, and need to step up to win it. Our new focus now starts from a squad meeting Tuesday and being fully prepared for next season. We have one final league game against Swanage and Wareham on April 22nd, and we aim to finish the season with a win.”

Team: J Underhill, T Evans, Cottell, Makepeace, Burch, Hallett, Mullins, Robson; T Gower, R Parker; Peach, Baker, C King, Dale, Morgan, Gill, Deakin, Ansell.

Key moments

Try Laurence Burch scores for Dorchester


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60:00 Try 0 - 5
Laurence Burch scores for Dorchester
60:00 Sub Off
Joe Underhill is substituted off for Dorchester
60:00 Sub On
Sheharyar Gill is substituted on for Dorchester
60:00 Sub Off
Greg Hallett is substituted off for Dorchester
60:00 Sub On
Leo Ansell is substituted on for Dorchester
60:00 Sub Off
Julian Dale is substituted off for Dorchester
60:00 Sub On
Rich Deakin is substituted on for Dorchester
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Weymouth & Portland
  • Dorchester
  • 0
  • Laurence Burch Try 60:00'
  • Joe Underhill Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sheharyar Gill Sub On 60:00'
  • Greg Hallett Sub Off 60:00'
  • Leo Ansell Sub On 60:00'
  • Julian Dale Sub Off 60:00'
  • Rich Deakin Sub On 60:00'

Team selection

Morgan, Jamie Morgan, Jamie
Peach, Etienne Peach, Etienne
Baker, James Baker, James
King, Callum King, Callum
Dale, Julian Dale, Julian
Parker, Rob Parker, Rob
Gower, Tomas Gower, Tomas
Robson, Luke Robson, Luke
Hallett, Greg Hallett, Greg
Mullins, Brad Mullins, Brad
Burch, Laurence Burch, Laurence
Makepeace, Adam Makepeace, Adam
Cottell, Dave Cottell, Dave
Evans, Tom Evans, Tom
Underhill, Joe Underhill, Joe

League round up

Other Dorset & Wilts 1 South results

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Bournemouth III


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Yeovil 19 87
2. Wimborne II 22 85
3. Salisbury II 20 71
4. Dorchester 22 68
5. Weymouth & Portland 18 55
6. Bournemouth III 18 50
7. Oakmeadians 18 38

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