Cheltenham Saracens continued their recent good form with a solid win away in the Forest Of Dean at league rivals Bream.
Starting brightly Sarries started the match much the stronger of the 2 sides with good field position and patterns coming through taking a deserved lead with a Jonny Carter penalty after 10minutes. However some poor discipline lead to a spate of soft penalties giving Bream some good field position and their full back took advantage to stroke over an easy penalty bringing them back into the game. Their number 7 then scored a good try from a chip and chase when aided by a kind bounce to outpace a number of chasing defenders meaning Bream took what was a deserved lead of 8-3 into half time.
Having had a chance to re-group Sarries came out of the block’s quickly in the 2nd half putting themselves in good field position and after working a number of good phases created the space out wide for Wayne Smallman to open his account for the year with a well taken finish converted well from an acute angle by Carter. Carter then added a well taken penalty to ease Sarries further in front and the game was secured when Wilkinson went over with 15 mins to go, again Carter adding the extra’s.
Some resolute defence kept Bream out at the death and they ended up deserved winners with a solid away performance to consolidate their position at the top end of the table.
Cheltenham Saracens 2nds 70 Tewkesbury 3rds 3
Cheltenham Saracens 3rds 47 Painswick 3rds 24
This weeks visitors to KGV were Ashley Down Old boys who are normally a very tricky side to beat, but from the very first minute of the game the Sarries had other ideas with the kick off being knocked on and a solid scrum saw a powerful run from center Hanger to crash over the line for a perfect start with Jonny Carter converting the Sarries were 7 – 0 up, the game developed into a pretty one sided affair with the Sarries playing all the rugby and if it were not by some tough tackling by the visitors then more tries in the first half would of came for sure but as it was the only other points in the half came from the boot of the rejuvenated Carter.
Half Time 16 – 3
The second half was much the same as the first with the Sarries attacking the vistors at every opportunity, eventually the constant pressure was beginning to show and a tired Ashley Down defense started to leave some space which captain Nick Hanby found with easy to dart over in the corner untouched, this was the start of the Sarries showing why they are pushing for promotion, with Josh Pettiefer looking dangerous every time he had the ball and some great work by an ever improving pack all that was left was for try machine Luke Stoneman to score his usual brace of tries.
Final Score 33 – 3
Cheltenham Saracens II 18 v 12 Old Centralians II
Playing a re-arranged.fixture sarries arrived slightly later than planned,and this showed in the first five minutes as old cents used there pace to round the defence on a couple of occasions to threaten the sarries line,however dogged.defence from.backs and forwards alike prevented a score! Turnovers gave the sarries a platform and they started.to rattle the opposition,which allowed a break and chip from dom richardson to be hacked on and gathered by Dan hammond to go over for the try!
More pressure from the sarries forwards at both.set piece and ruck allowed latched to slot a penalty,which was followed by a lovely worked try from m.prosser (who unfortunately got injured in the act of scoring),also converted..15-0 sarries.
This galvanized old cents who managed to obtain quick ball and marched towards the sarries,eventually the pressure told and the cents barrelled his way through some indifferent tackling to score and convert on the stroke of half time.
This sparked old cents in the second half,added with some changes put immense pressure on the defence,who gave away far too many pens,which again set up their no8 for a score,not converted. Continue reading
The Sarries got there long awaited first away win of the season with a good performance which see`s them climb to 4th in the league.
The game started with the Sarries playing into a bright low sun, but this did not stop them getting into there stride early with some good all round play, it wasn`t long till the pressure paid off with Ross straying offside giving young soon to be RAF pilot Paul Miles a chance at goal which he just missed but from the resulting 22 drop out the ball was collected and after some good rucking from scrum half Matt Kelly and a good line break from former skipper Rich Coleman saw hooker George Bennett dart over under the posts giving Miles a simple conversion and the Sarries a perfect start the next 25 minutes saw the game became what was a battle of the defenses with both sides trying to play attractive rugby but to no avail. But then it was the turn of Ross to get on the score sheet being camped on the Sarries line for what seemed an eternity and it was only after an attempted clearance kick was charged that the Ross number seven managed to fall on the and level the scores, as in weeks before this seamed to reignite the Sarries and lead to some great handling and Wayne Smallman driving over in the corner for what was a perfectly good try, with the low sun and the speed of Smallman the Ref was unable to see it and the try was disallowed however two penalty`s from Miles saw the Sarries go into the break with a 13 to 7 lead. Continue reading
After a good warm up and team talk by daz francis and jc,sarries got into their stride very quickly and started to rack up the points.
The first half saw a constant stream of possession from the rampant sarries forwards for the back line,who chose lines of running and accuracy of passing with devasting aplomb,cutting the old boys defence to shreds time after time!.
This continued for the whole of the first half with some superb offloads from backs and forwards alike,however captain francis asked for a bit more structure and pattern from his players who duly obliged and produced some of the best play of the season so far,resulting in points. Continue reading