1st XV v Bishopston 5th October

Off the back of two hard fought victories the Sarries travelled down the M5 to take on Bishopston, with a typically strong side and high hopes of an excellent performance and vital win. It was a perfect day for flowing rugby and the crowd were waiting expectantly!

The game got under way and the Sarries found themselves under some early pressure, with Bishopston able to string some phases together. However, this was to no avail as time after time they were met with a ferocious Sarries brickwall and were smashed back short of the gain line. It was an impressive defensive start from the Sarries with big tackles coming in from the pacey Chris Read, as well as Tom Patience and Venus.

With the pressure expertly soaked up The Sarries were able to pose an attacking threat of their own. A break from fullback Sam Rimmer, lead to the ball being recycled, and some excellent hands from the backs allowed Wayne Smallman to crash over in the corner and open the scoring.

This was a signs of things to come and The Sarries were starting to move through the gears and put some excellent phases together. Further scores were not far off as the sarries backs were able to build on the strong platform they were getting from the forwards. First Sam Rimmer burst through the centres to score under the posts. This was closely followed by an excellent run from Bradley Harris who elegantly evaded multiple tackles to score an impressive try.

The second half continued in a similar fashion with the Sarries forwards dominant and the backs looking dangerous. Despite this dominance only one further Sarries try was added with Sam Rimmer again able to finish of an excellent backs move.

Despite a last minute consolation try from Bishopston, this was an impressive performance from The Sarries who now go into their next fixture full of confidence.

This was an excellent all round team performance but special mentions go to James McMahon for some excellent ball carrying as well as Tom Patience for another strong performance. However, for an game full of running threat and superb distribution writers man of the match goes to Bradley Harris.

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