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u 20s Match Report v Dorset and Wilts 25-2-18

Gloucestershire u20s v Dorset and Wiltshire u20s – Jason Leonard National Under 20’s County Championship

Gloucestershire u20s - 35    Dorset and Wiltshire u20s - 29

Gloucestershire u20s

Tries: White, Dale, Baldwin, McCann (2).

Conversions: Cole (2)

Penalties: Cole, Webb

Drop goals:

Dorset and Wiltshire u20s

Tries: Cardew (2), Dewar, Hill

Conversions: (3)

Penalties: Graham

Drop goals:

Referee: Andrew Green

Half-time: 20-8

Teams

Gloucestershire u20s

15 Macaulay Dale, 14 Will Baldwin, 13 Dan Nicholls, 12 Eric White, 11 Alex Cox, 10 Dan Cole, 9 Tom Knight, 1 Costner Lane, 2 Carl Guest, 3 Dewi Wilcox (captain), 4 Callum Thompson, 5 Chris McCann, 6 Toby Powell, 7 Zack Taylor, 8 Henry Davies

Dorset and Wiltshire u20s

15 Jonny Dowell, 14 Callum MacTaggart, 13 Finn Dewar, 12 Harry Bazalgette, 11 Noah Cannon, 10 Finn Graham, 9 James Clancy, 1 Serge Griffiths, 2 Jordon Rye, 3 Tom Cordery, 4 Luke Moore, 5 Hamish Janes, 6 Josh MacCaferty, 7 Jared Cardew, 8 James Hill (captain)

Report:

Gloucestershire RFU u20s scored a late try and a penalty to thwart Dorset & Wiltshire u20s second half comeback to win 35-29 in a thrilling match at BGS Playing Fields. The home side dominated the first half and got an early try through Eric White. They spent much of the first 40 minutes inside the opposition territory and were able to capitalise on possession, taking a 12-point lead into the break.

In the second half however, numerous handling errors, penalties and a red card for Gloucestershire number 8, Henry Davis, allowed the visitors to get back into the game to score four tries. Dorset & Wilts held a narrow 27-29 lead until the hosts crashed over through second-row Chris McCann with only a few minutes left to play followed up by a penalty kick scored by Tom Webb.

Gloucestershire RFU u20’s head coach, Richard Planchant, praised his side highly in what he called a “very competitive game.”

 

“It was a very competitive game and it shows the quality of Dorset and Wiltshire to come back from the score line they did to challenge us right to the end, but the biggest plus for us is the heart and determination from the boys.

“To have a bit of a bad twenty minutes and to come back into it, it shows some great credit and we have some really talented boys and they deserved the win, we deserved the win finally because there are a lot of talented boys there that have put a lot of work in in the last month.

“It’s nice to get a win but now our focus is on Hampshire, our focus is purely on them.”

Gloucestershire RFU u20’s match against Hampshire RFU u20’s is at Havant RFC in three weeks’ time.

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