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Dorchester II
Puddletown
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - South West Division - Dorset & Wilts 2 South Full time

Dorchester 2nd XV 5 v 32 Puddletown 1st XV

Puddletown completed the league double over Dorchester Seconds with a convincing victory at Coburg Road.

Dorchester fielded a side that had little previous experience of playing together after several regulars were called into action for the first team.
Dorchester went behind early on, Puddletown scoring through their number 8, who took the ball from the back of a maul and ran in unopposed. The conversion was missed to leave Dorchester five points down.
Dorchester were next onto the scoreboard with debutant Alex Peel knocking over a long range penalty after Puddletown were penalised for holding on.
Puddletown then started a period of play during which they dominated both territory and possession, but were unable to get a breakthrough until just before the interval. A twenty two metre drop out by Dorchester was gathered well by the Puddletown winger who managed to evade several players to set up a strong attacking position before an excellent long pass allowed the winger to cross and dot down under the posts. The conversion was again unsuccessful.
Just before the break Dorchester were reduced to fourteen men after Kieran Woodbridge saw yellow for unnecessary communication to the referee. Half time 3-10.
Dorchester were the first to strike after the break with captain Steve King managing to escape the covering man to score out wide following a break from Alan Gale. The conversion was unsuccessful, leaving Dorchester a converted try behind at 8-15. However this would be Dorchester’s last contribution to the game, Puddletown scoring 3 more try's to secure the maximum points, taking advantage of tired Dorchester defending. The first try resulted from several missed tackles again allowing the number 8 to score under the posts. The second try came from Dorchester’s misfiring line out, an overthrow squandering possession before a wave of Puddletown players poured through the home defence, eventually dotting down outside. The kicker this time was successful having missed every other kick. Puddle towns final try came from the resulting kick off, poor defence and good support play allowing them to seal the victory. Final score Dorchester Seconds 8-32 Puddletown. Man of the match was awarded to fly half Alex Peel, who despite being on debut was unfazed by the situation and performed admirably with the boot in an all round mature performance.

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Puddletown 18 61
5. Wheatsheaf Cabin Crew 18 50
6. Ellingham & Ringwood II 18 27
7. Oakmeadians II 18 19
8. Bournemouth IV 18 12
9. Dorchester II 18 12
10. Lytchett Minster II 18 -5

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