2 Points Picked Up At Warminster
East progress up the league with a good but incomplete performance against a hard running Warminster side that ultimately deserved the win.
A great game of rugby culminating in a well deserved win for Warminster.
East Dorset will take a huge amount away from the away loss – not just the valuable two league points picked up from the four try bonus point and losing by less than 5. East’s attacking rugby was the best seen all season; dominating possession, retaining the ball and converting hard earned attacks into well worked tries. Not a single penalty was given away in the first half, helped by a superb ref who allowed both teams to play and more importantly, compete at the breakdown. However, whilst the attacking rugby was good, East’s game without the ball was found lacking, conceding two soft tries in the first half that ultimately would make the difference come the final whistle.
A healthy lead at half time was immediately added to in the second half, when Jordan McCandrew finished off a length of field attack, bagging his third try of the afternoon and capping off an incredibly mobile performance. At around 60 minutes, it all went wrong for East, and very right for the hard running and wonderfully spirited Warminster side. Objectively, the Warminster (capped) Fijian player/coach had a significantly positive impact when he came on. Yes; East had lost some structure through injury to Scrum Half and Centre, but that did not account for a 20 minute spell where countless tackles were missed, 1-15. Take nothing away from Warminster, they found their game and played with new found width, generated mainly by the explosive running of a superb No.6 and the rotund yet incredibly skillful substitute. Whilst East almost held on, a couple of 50/50 calls perhaps went Warminster’s way and they went onto to get their just rewards from a wonderful fight back.
Whilst hugely disappointing, what was good about this performance was at a level to compete with any side in the league. Hard work on the training ground will bring parity between attack and defence - and with some improved tackling, the team can expect to start reaching the potential so clearly there. Fair play to Warminster, we cannot wait to play your full strength side