A battling win for rugby club
Wimborne 26pts, Wootton Bassett 17
AFTER the heady excitement of the cup run it was back to the nitty-gritty of Southern Counties South rugby as Wimborne, without playing particularly well, managed a bonus point victory at home against a well-organised Wootton Bassett side at Leigh Park on Saturday.
The match opened with the Wimborne backs making the most of the firm conditions underfoot and making good ground but some shoddy handling prevented them from opening the score. From one such mistake a loose pass a was intercepted and Bassett went in under the posts for a converted try.
This setback seemed to spur Wimborne on and quick ball from a scrummage was moved along the line. John Blackmore came into the threes to make the extra man and put Jack Moriarty over in the corner. The home team were now well on top and the next score was not long coming when Steve King made the break before feeding Sean Murphy who charged through two tackles to score a try which Tom Moysey converted.
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After 35 minutes Moysey made an exquisite little chip over the defence, gathered the ball at speed but was tackled deep in the Bassett 22. He managed to hand the ball off to Ben Hunt but as the flanker was hauled down inches short of the line he laid the ball back and Marcus Atkins went over for a try which Moysey converted.
The Bassett pack were always in control of their own ball and also putting pressure on the Wimborne eight and narrowed the gap just before half-time with a lineout catch and drive to score an unconverted try wide out.
The second half opened with neither attack able to pierce some strong defence but Wimborne were next to score as Steve King powered over for the bonus point try, converted by Moysey. Bassett dominated the rest of the match.
As the clock approached stoppage time Bassett breached the home defence with another try from a lineout catch and drive but time ran out and Bassett could consider themselves unfortunate to have to make the long journey home without even the consolation of a losing bonus point.