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North Dorset 17: 32 Matson

ND tries: H Salisbury, A Trevis, D Stickland

Con: S Baker

North Dorset RFC welcomed Matson to Slaughtergate on Saturday 25 February for the South West cup final and RFU Intermediate Cup Quarter Final with a lot at stake: the winner would be one game away from a final at Twickenham. Gloucester side Matson are currently unbeaten and top of Western Counties North and eventually made their form tell, running out winners by 32-17.
North had made one change from their previous cup squad, thanks to Robbie Sampson changing his flights back from his holiday so he could play; Dominic Aviss coming in for Rob Morris.

Home supporters once again turned out in force and roared North on as play started. North immediately got to work after a few phases created an overlap, only for the last pass to go into touch, when Munster had a lot of space in front of him. From the lineout Matson, went through their phases putting North’s defence at full stretch, spinning it wide and their 13 finished off scoring the first try of the game, 0-7.
North responded well putting a few phases together and putting pressure on the Matson defence which held strong. Poor discipline let Matson off the hook and let them clear their lines and break in to North’s half. Once Matson had territory the accuracy and pace in their play saw them break through the home side’s defence again, 0-14 after 15 minutes.

Again, North responded well, and their scrum was on top. North were putting pressure on Matson up front, the penalty was won, and captain Dyer made the call to go to the corner, North worked the line out well and saw David Stickland crash over the line, making the score 5-14.

It was now Matson’s turn to respond well, and as the same result as the two previous visits to Norths 22, Matson played with a physicality, speed and accuracy, which North couldn’t cope with and came away with a try, 5-19. Twelve minutes later Matson grabbed another try taking the half time score to 5-26.

Matson were the first to score in the second half, scoring a penalty, 5-29. North then started to play with a bit more tempo, moving the ball about and making dents in the Matson defence, with Tom Hooper, Adam Trevis and Harry Salisbury all making great carries. From a 5-metre scrum North’s 8 Adam Trevis powered forward, broke away and smashed his way over the line, 12-29 with 20 to play.

North continued to play at a higher tempo, Harry Collis, Stacy Dyer and Adam Geal now making great runs and North’s support play was suddenly clicking. However, they couldn’t get over the line. It was then Matson’s turn to attack, though North’s defence was now more formidable. However, a penalty was awarded in front of the posts and Matsons kicker made no mistake, 12-32 with 3 left,
North weren’t done, a nice move orchestrated by replacement fly half Danny Hill saw Harry Salisbury put into space and he sped clear and scored his first-ever try for North Dorset 1st XV. That left the score at 17-32

North can be very proud of their performance, especially their second half display, winning it 12-6, against a very strong Matson side. North will now turn their focus to the league and and aim for a top 3 finish. Once again the club wishes a massive thank you to the incredible support from the Greentide.

Player of the match of North Dorset: Robert Sampson

North Dorset team

1. Stacy Dyer (c)

2. George Clayton

3. Dave Stickland

4. Charlie Gunning

5. Will Willoughby

6. Tom Hooper

7. Harry Collis

8. Adam Trevis

9. Robert Sampson

10. Sam Baker

11. Thomas Stewart

12. Adam Geal

13. Sam Trevis

14. Lewis Munster

15. Jay Westcar

16. Dominic Aviss

17. Freddie Eggleton

18. Thomas Gale

19. James Russo

20. Danny Hill

21. Harry Salisbury

22. Mindaugas Kazlauskas

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