DEVIZES warmed up for their Dorset & Wilts 1st XV Cup semi final against Sherborne this coming weekend by wrapping up a fifth Southern Counties South victory of the season against Swanage & Wareham on Saturday.

The Swans arrived with only one league win to the name, but made the Saddlebacks work all the way for the bonus-point 22-8 success.

The visitors made the brighter start, camping inside Devizes' territory and that pressure eventually told as a penalty concession allowed Swans' flanker Matt Roberts to twist out of a tackle and bundle over.

It took the hosts half an hour to gain any measure of control, Swans paying the price for a series of penalties as number eight Joe Desmond was sent to the sin-bin, but the Saddlebacks were unable to break through before the interval.

They upped the pressure after the break and Chris Barter's neat chip over the top of the defence allowed the onrushing Matt Strong to score his maiden first-team try in the corner, fly-half Rory Brown adding the conversion to take his side in front, but Swanage regained the advantage with a penalty soon after.

Swans then lost influential flanker Roberts and prop Zach Wyburgh to injury, which proved costly as their defence was breached, Strong adding a second try.

The away side were struggling in the scrummage. which allowed Craig Bryant the easiest of scores at the back of the scrum.

Swanage lost another man to the sin-bin and hooker Jack Daniels to injury before Brown's kick sent Strong over for his hat-trick score to wrap it up.

Marlborough are third in the table after downing visitors North Dorset 29-12 at The Common.

The sides were level on points before kick-off but Marlborough secured the five points to move in front with a powerful second-half display.

An early try for Jack King took the hosts ahead, but a converted Dorset score gave them the lead.

However, Amori Nailago crossed for a score, converted by Will Grant, to give the hosts the half-time advantage and they pulled clear in the second period.

Nailago continued to dictate the play in the second half, setting up his backs and controlling the possession, scoring a second try himself before Ben Caravou came on to make his first-team debut and soon got onto the scoresheet with a well-finished try.

Centre Ben Fulton also continued his recent fine form with a further score, Grant adding the extras before Dorset crossed again in the final minute.

Corsham were undone by mid-table hosts Swindon College Old Boys, who ran out 26-5 victors.

College were 19-0 up at the break and added a further score after it - Owain Hire, Tucker Blickhorn, Scott Douglas and Florin Palcau all crossing, while wing Kieran Broughton touched down for the visitors.

Corsham head coach Tim Draper said: "Swindon College deserved the win. We didn’t play well enough on the day to earn anything from the game.

"Certain parts of our performance let us down and we will need to work on those over the coming weeks.

"We finished the game strongly though and were much more competitive in the second half, which demonstrated a spirit that will serve us well this season.''