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1st XV - Match centre

Combe Down
Wimborne RFC
Sat 4 Feb 14:15 - League Full time

9 tries for Wimborne - puts them top of the table

A fine away win from their first ever visit to Combe Down.

Tries: Moysey(3), Brokenshire, Ashton Kerley, Degeura, Starr, Blackmore, Robertson,
Conversions: Moysey(3)
Wimborne travelled to Bath for their first ever visit to Combe Down RFC on Saturday.
This was a re-arranged fixture that had been frosted off two weeks previously, and as a result Wimborne travelled without a number of first choice starters. King, Maidment, Hamer and Bartlett were all missing and Wimborne turned to a combination of experience and youth to finalise the team and to ensure they had a strong bench to turn to in the latter part of the match.
Wimborne, playing with the considerable slope in the first half, started well enough and after a trade mark drive in to the opposition twenty two, sucking in the Combe Down defence, Tom Moysey was able to cross.
Thereafter and for a large part of the first half, Wimborne failed to achieve any real dominance on the Combe Down side who with a number of raking kicks from their fly half regularly forced Wimborne deep in to their own territory. On a couple of occasions Wimborne crossed the line only to be denied. On a further occasion Keelan Stringer, in for the broken fingered Hamer, ran a superb line only for the merest of touches dislodging the ball from his grasp just short of the line.
Having lost Ed Carter to the sin bin for an early transgression, Wimborne struggled to gain a foothold during this period of the match although eased the pressure somewhat when after straight running Robertson burst through the middle and Moysey was on hand to take the return pass and go over under the posts. He converted the try himself to stretch the lead to 12-0
Again Combe Down began to edge back into the match and shortly before half time recorded their first and only points with a drop goal when advantage was being played in their favour.
This worked to Wimborne’s advantage. From the kick off and deep into additional time, they broke away down the left flank where Jim Brokenshire, in on the wing for his first game for some weeks, skipped around two defenders to show his undoubted finishing skills.
This resulted in a 17-3 half time lead which was probably as a good a lead as Wimborne could have expected.
The second half was a different matter all together. Having received a half time talk from Giles Hewson, direct but to the point, Wimborne came out firing on all cylinders.
It could have been expected that Combe Down would look to kick long in to the bottom corners but when all was said and done they never were given the chance. The Wimborne forwards began to impose themselves on the Combe Down eight and dominate in a way they had not managed in the first half

The outcome was within the first ten minutes of the half Wimborne had scored two further tries which effectively took them out of sight. Jordan Brown and Ashton Kerley demonstrated their youthful paces and combined to send the latter over in the corner. Shortly after, Brokenshire gathered a cross kick on the full and when brought down, Degeura appeared from nowhere to take the try scoring pass. Unfortunately it was Brokenshire’s last contribution to the match as he injured his leg with the exertion of it all. He was replaced by debutant Mitch Stainer.
Four further tries were to follow as Wimborne totally dominated the final quarter of the match. With second team regulars JB Blackmore and Ben Hunt introduced to the fray, it was the forwards who took matters in hand to score the next two tries. Tom Starr went over from close in and then Blackmore showed there is no substitute for experience when popping up in the right place to score the next.
The foot was firmly down by now and after an exquisite kick over the top by Alex Kerley, Robertson was on hand to gather and score although his own attempted conversion was not of quite the same quality.
Wimborne were in no mood to let up and notched up their final score when Moysey, back on after a bit of a fracas following a dubiously high tackle on him had led to a sin binning for both sides, was on the end of a flowing passing move which resulted in a converted try under the posts. That brought up the fifty points for Wimborne.
Wimborne can be please with the final result which was very much an advert for the fact that it is not just the team of 15 or the match day squad of 18 that counts, but the deeper impact of those players asked to step up in circumstances such as today.
Next week Wimborne are on the road again, travelling to long time opponents Devizes, looking to reverse the early season defeat at Leigh Park.

Team:
1 R Tinsdale 2 G Draper 3 T.Adams 4 T.Starr 5 D.Degeura 6 N.Warren 7 E Carter 8 D.Foley(capt)
9 Alex Kerley 10 T.Moysey 11 J Brokenshire 12 K Stringer 13 D.Robertson 14 J Brown 15 Ashton Kerley
Replacements: M.Stainer, B.Hunt, J.Blackmore
Coaching Team : Giles Hewson, Dan Draper, Bob Adams

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