TWO first-half tries paved the way for Swanage & Wareham to seal a 19-11 victory over Southern Counties South rivals Swindon College Old Boys.

Victory was the Bestwall outfit’s eighth league win of the season and propelled them into the top four of the division.

Despite Swindon’s Florin Pulcau landing an early penalty, Swans then set to work.

From a line-out midway through the opening period, the ball was worked to Swans’ flank forward Matt Roberts who dived over the try line. Ice Matacagi added the extras.

Swans were on top and, after 28 minutes, they had another line-out on the Old Boys’ five-metre line.

Number eight Joe Desmond then went over for the hosts’ second try out wide to put them 12-3 up at the break.

Pulcau sent over his second successful penalty for the visitors four minutes after the restart but came up short with a crucial attempt on the hour mark.

With eight minutes to go, a scrum inside Swans’ half saw Roberts pick up and break through the Swindon defence, shrugging off a series of tackles on the way to score close to the posts. Matacagi landed the conversion.

Swindon did score a consolation try in the corner following a line-out but a failed conversion attempt meant they missed out on a losing bonus point.