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Six of the best for Collis as Frome break away duck in style

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: February 02, 2012

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Blandford 1st XV 5 Frome 1st XV 55

Frome finally recorded their first away league victory of the season as winger Neil Collis ran in six tries.

After Blandford had scored a well executed try in the opening exchanges, when a crossfield kick found the number eight in space to touch down, it was all Frome.

Culff's direct running from inside centre showed Frome the way ahead but it was Collis who got the scoreboard moving for his side. The ball was worked wide from a ruck inside the Blandford 22 and Collis showed strength and nimble feet to shrug off three tacklers and tiptoe down the touchline and over the tryline. Frost added the conversion.

The next score came when Whalley charged down a kick and fed the ball to Collis, who went over for a second time. Handling errors prevented Frome building on their 12-5 advantage until, just before half-time, Meenan picked up from the base of the scrum and passed to Webster, who drew his man and slipped the ball to Collis in space. The winger again showed his pace and power to run in from 40 metres for his third try under the posts, which he also converted.

The second half was all Frome, Collis soon claiming his fourth touchdown with a dribble to the tryline after Whalley had caused havoc in the home defence. With the bonus point secured, another try soon followed as Norris jinked through the defensive line and set up prop Button to send in Frost under the posts. The conversion, from Collis, went over and Frome were really on the rampage now.

Forwards Whalley, Bowles and Milton began to appear in the backs and make a lot of ground, with one such move leading to the sixth try, and Collis' fifth, after Milton had taken the ball in the centre and combined with Doel. The next try was the simplest of the day when, from a five-metre scrum, Meenan and Webster did the donkey work and Collis again applied the finish.

With Blandford clearly tiring, the introduction of Moggridge into the Frome front row saw a scrum won against the head 25 metres out. Meenan picked up and ran to within two metres of the line before handing on to Norris for the converted score under the posts. The last try began with a lineout ten metres out, from which Castle gained possession and the Frome pack drove over the line for Moggridge to touch down.

Frome aim to continue their good form when they host high-flying Sherborne at Gypsy Lane at the weekend.

North Dorset 3rd XV 5 Frome 3rd XV 50

Frome Thirds consolidated their position as league leaders with an equally emphatic win.

It took them nearly ten minutes to breakdown the spirited North Dorset defence with scrum-half Andy Greenwood releasing Brian Baker to cross the tryline from five metres out. Mark O'Shea converted.

Individual skill from centre Rich Coleman brought the second score as he received a short pass from O'Shea and wove through a hole in the home defence. The conversion made it 14-0 to Frome.

It was then time for Frome to display their defensive qualities as the forwards knocked back a wave of attacks before the ball was hammered clear by second row Jim Pearce and the chase from winger Rob James put the home side back in their own half.

With the tireless John Gillard and Mark Hills to the fore, Frome reasserted their control. Greenwood and O'Shea combined to send in Matt Lewis, who was back in the side after a long lay-off, for a well-deserved try. Greenwood again supplied the ball to the three-quarters and this time it was centre Steve Gilson who burst through for a try.

An injury to a North Dorset player threatened to lead to unopposed scrums until Frome's Dom Granville offered to hook for the home team and the problem was solved.

James grabbed Frome's next try, while North Dorset tried to kick themselves out of trouble but found visiting full-back Bobby Lowe returning everything with interest, assisted by new winger Steve Randall.

More fine work by the pack created the chance for prop Will Witt to touch down. The next try stemmed from a good clearance kick from Lowe, which was collected by James and saw the wing work intelligently with O'Shea before going over. The last Frome try came from Gilson, following O'Shea's break, before North Dorset finally scored in the dying minutes.

Frome Thirds are back in league action on February 18 when they travel to Swanage.

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