Sherborne Rugby Club retained the Rowsell Cup with a comfortable victory over Ivel Barbarians in a poor game at Gainsborough Park.
The hosts ran in six tries, controlling the game from start to finish to maintain their 100 per cent record over their Yeovil rivals in the annual Rowsell Cup.
Ben Austin opened the scoring inside the first minute for the home side after some sloppy defending from Ivel. The visitors opened their account soon after when Tom Lane’s penalty kick cut the deficit to four points following Ollie Mottram’s conversion.
The impressive Seb Lear was next to score for the hosts, touching down under the posts after a great line break from Matt Bray and a lovely offload from Mottram. Ivel came close to scoring their first try as their drove towards the Sherborne line. However the ball was held up and the away side conceded a penalty.
Sherborne ended the first half on top, and set up a promising position after Hamish Dalziel brilliantly collected a grubber kick. The away side conceded two penalties as Sherborne pushed towards the line, with Bray finally touching down in the corner after a quick passing move.
Ivel made a disastrous start to the second half when Alex Dolman was sent to the sin bin for not releasing the tackler. This allowed Sherborne to extend their lead as after Tom Edwards had flattened an Ivel player with a powerful run. The ball was worked inside for the simplest of fourth tries to secure victory.
The contest fell flat with Ivel conceding penalty after penalty, while Sherborne’s dominance at the scrum and line-out gave the visitors no chance. The Yeovil side did restore some pride when a textbook catch and drive was executed with the pack going over under the posts. Lane added the conversion to push his side into double figures.
Sherborne ended the game with a flurry as Philip Triggol went over, following a patient drive. The Dorset side rounded off the scoring when Jack Padfield’s line-break put the hosts in a decent field position, allowing Lear to double his tally with his second try of the game.