SWANAGE & Wareham came away with a bonus-point victory in their derby tussle at Wimborne.

The hosts started well, but Swans battled back to claim a 25-20 victory in the Southern Counties South clash.

Five minutes in, a kick ahead by Wimborne to Swans' 22 had the visitors' defence panicking. The ball went loose and Wimborne scored a converted try, to open up an early 7-0 lead.

Swans retaliated 10 minutes later, when a scrummage moved forward and hooker Craig Foskett was on hand to score a try. The conversion was missed.

From the restart, the hosts were awarded with a penalty goal to give them a 10-5 advantage.

Both sides were making unforced errors, and the game suffered until on 25 minutes Swans' fly-half Steve Woolley landed a penalty goal to reduce the arrears.

A series of penalties to both sides ended with centre George Slack going over the try line after 36 minutes, to complete the comeback and give Swans a 13-10 lead at half-time.

Wimborne had the advantage of the strong wind in the second half, and long kicks ahead gave them much ground. After 50 minutes a try to the home side put them back in front, with three more points added from the tee to make the score 20-13.

However, Swans seemed to have a second wind, dominated the scrums, and with 10 minutes to go Jack Moriarty crossed the try line to bring the game to within one score.

And, with less than five minutes to go, a break by Swans winger Rory Ferguson down the right wing enabled him to score close to the posts to give Swans their bonus point try.

Woolley added the extras to give Swans a 25-20 victory.

Swanage sit seventh in the 12-team table, with two wins from their six matches.

Swans: Barton, Ferguson, Slack, Spencer, Rokoua, Woolley, Robinson, Wyburgh, Foskett, Audley, Joynt, Takalaivale, Dennett, Roberts, Seaton, Waterman, Drodrolagi, Moriarty.