Dursley Rugby Football Club
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club CASC since 2004
DURSLEY`S DEFENCE DOMINATES
8th January 2008
Tewkesbury 11 Dursley 16
Dursley travelled to second placed Tewkesbury for a Glos League 2 game and avenged their narrow home defeat earlier in the season. The maroons defence was at its miserly best as the hosts ran out of attacking ideas.
The visitors kicked the game off and as in recent games found possession hard to come by. In a rare foray the hosts were penalised for holding on and Stef Hawley dragged the penalty attempt wide. Tewkesbury enjoyed a period of sustained possession and attempted to break the Dursley defence by repeatedly using their forwards cutting back inside. Darren Noble and Tony Niblett tackled hard and with the maroons half backs TJ Case and Simon Lane kept the hosts out but a penalty was given for hands in the ruck and the home kicker converted the 3 points.
Dursley responded well and from their own 22 Case broke and fed Ollie Winterbottom, linking up well with Hawley who chipped over and forced a 22 drop out. Graham Dakin took the catch,Andy Plumridge supported and Raoule Moore spread the ball, Tewkesbury broke the move down with a deliberate knock on and Hawley levelled the scores from the penalty.
The hosts took the ball back up the pitch and great tackles from Andy Scott,Mark Perry and Kev Davies kept them out. A succession of penalties forced the visitors back and a penalty on the 22 was converted to see a half time score of 6 – 3 to the hosts.
From the kick off Tewkesbury turned over possession and shocked Dursley by running the ball through their backs and the pace of their winger paid off,scoring an unconverted try in the corner to lead 11 -–3
The maroons rallied strongly and began to enjoy second and third phase possession , centre Simon Cole linking up well with Tom Bamber, but the hosts held out. From fast ball in their own 22 Winterbottom set off on a 50 metre run being held up by the home full back. Scott Udal recycled the ball fed Perry who charged over to score. The conversion was missed but Dursley were in the ascendancy and the only thing that could stop them was the clock. The maroons attacked and from a lineout Tewkesbury were penalised, Hawley added the 3 points to level the scores at 11 –11 With 5 minutes to go Perry picked up in his 22 fed Case to Lane who drew his man and sent Jak Evans on a run to score in the corner. Tewkesbury came back but a thumping tackle from Bamber turned the ball over to bring the final whistle, Tewkesbury 11 Dursley 16
Captain Andy Scott said ` it was a great team performance and our defence won the game for us, we seem to be getting plenty of practice with our defence, hence the improvement.`
Next week sees a week off league rugby but Dursley entertain Stroud who are 2 divisions above Dursley in a tough Stroud Combination Cup game.