1st XV v Colstonians 28th September

For not the first time this season, The Saracens started slowly, with a lapse in defence allowing a soft try through under the posts within a few minutes of the first whistle. 7-0 down. It did however spur the team into motion, with the strong Sarries pack dominating set piece and breakdown from the off. Some great structure saw the game plan properly realised for the first time, and continued pressure and territory was rewarded with a Penalty from Brad Harris. The three points, was then followed by another five, as some good footwork from winger Wayne Smallman saw him skip through the opposition with ease. Although the Saracens continued to keep the home score adding up with a try from the abrasive Kristian Williams converted by Harris, they could not get out of reach of Colstonians with a penalty and try of their own. Scores were level at fifteen all at half time.

The second half saw a continuation of the Saracens forwards dominance, turning over scrums and making ground with strong carries from the ever present Scott Rowe, Chris Reid and Williams. The pack were then rewarded yet again with a 5m scrum, for Tom Patience to stretch over the line from a pick and go from the base, converted again by Harris.

Unfortunatly, not for the first time in the game, some broken defence from the backs saw the visitors cut through with ease to score under the posts to again put the Saracens behind. The forwards stepped up gain from the restart, gaining territory and forcing opposition ill discipline, and driving over from a lineout 10m out to see Rowe ground the ball over the line, and a Colstonians player sent to the sin bin in the process. The game seemed all but won when from another hard earned penalty in the scrum lead to a lineout on the opposition 22. Old Colstonians, now wary of the strength of the home forwards, overcommitted to the maul, leaving the blind side undefended for Matt Kelly to jog over the line unimpeded.

The Bristol side however nearly had the final say, with a penalty and a try scored in the closing minutes, but it was not quite enough to secure a win, with the Saracens holding out to win the game 34-30.

MOM could go to a number of the forwards, Rowe as solid as ever stealing ball and winning penalties on the floor, Read with more tremendous defence, and Kristian Williams for absolute dominance with the ball in hand, but lineout dominance, overall work rate and his first try for the club, it goes to No. 8 Tom Patience.

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