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Dorset & Wilts retain County Championship Shield

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Dorset & Wilts celebrate their victory at Twickenham

Dorset & Wilts have retained the County Championship Shield after beating Surrey 43-22 at Twickenham on Sunday.

The defending champions were 10-0 down early on but fought back to lead at half-time before securing the trophy.

Dorset and Wilts scored six tries, two of which came from 18-year-old Chippenham star Tom Baldwin.

"This year means a lot more, its so much harder to defend the title than to win it the first time," coach Simon Culley told BBC Wiltshire.

"We really went at them hard in the second-half. Disappointing start to the game but we clicked in the second-half.

"We made some substitutions, lifted the tempo and pulled away. I'm really, really proud."

Bournemouth hooker Frazer Wilford scored the first try for Dorset & Wilts before skipper Adam Westall went over, and went on to add a further 13 points.

"It's what dreams are made of. To do it again really does put the icing on the cake," he said.

"The boys put great effort in, scored some lovely tries."

Wimbourne's Lewis Warner and Bournemouth's Scott Chislett got their names on the scoresheet in the second period with teenager Baldwin, who is in the middle of his A-Levels, also notching his two tries.

"I never thought I'd get here and score two tries. Just to get here was a big deal - it's a great feeling," said Baldwin.



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see also
Dorset & Wilts win county shield
01 Jun 10 |  Rugby Union
Dorset & Wilts reach Twickenham
21 May 11 |  Rugby Union


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