Cheltenham Saracens 3s maintain there 100% unbeaten league record in a dogid fiery affair at widen! Early exchanges were fierce but saracens came out on top with good counter rucking and winning scrums against the head. Saracens came close to scoring several times with some good moves by the youthful backs lead by buster but widen held out. Finally a try came which can only be described as magical. A cross field kick from buster falling perfectly into the arms of Connor who motored past 3 players to score. Widen responded well with some good breaks but the Saracens held them out and applied further pressure and Connor and allen managed to cross the line with buster converting duly to hand the saracens a 19-0 half time lead. Continue reading
First met second and it was the leaders from Cheltenham who came out winners.
The opening exchanges belonged to the Sarries but no score came forth. Longlevens got back into the game but from a turn over and kick ahead, the Sarries won a penalty which Marcus Latchford converted. This was quickly followed by a fine try from Paul Crombie after a great bust by Paul Grayson. Longlevens hit back with an excellent try from their number 8 in the corner. Latchford then stretched the Sarried leafs with a further penalty making the score 13-5. This looked to be the half time score until a blistering break from Dan Hammond eventually saw Jon Welsh gallop home under the sticks, Latchford converted. Half time 20-5 to the Sarries. Continue reading
Chairman’s XV 15 President’s XV 15
In the first ever playing of the Tom Addis Cup both sides served up some excellent Boxing Day fare. But the inaugural winners will have to wait until next year as the game finished in a draw.
Mo Chapman led his younger team out and Simon Bettridge took the honour for the President.
Early exchanges where ferocious and the Chairman’s team made most of the early running. This eventual led to their first try with Henry McVittie racing clear. This only spurred in the Presidents whose forwards took control, with former Matson hooker Gary Short winning balls against the head as if he was shelling peas. The chances came but the Presidents team could not get over. Half time Pres 0 – Chair 0. The halftime refreshments were of a more festive nature but both teams started the half with intent.
Then came the try of the match, with the Presidents team deep in their own half, Short shelled another pea, number 8 Aide Clarke made some hard yards. Former Dowty Scrum half Dazzle Francis whipped the ball away, too former postman Russ Morrison, who was playing his usual role of dummy fly half. Morrisson made the sweetest of dummies and put centre Paul Grayson away. Grayson had 70 yards to go and was being chased by two first team backs. The keystone cop chase was on but the old legs of Grayson held up and he went over for a try to remember.
The veteran Presidents team now had the whip hand and were playing Fijian type rugby with backs and forwards linking up with great skills. One such move saw club stalwart Paul Crombie go on a typical barnstorming run and crash over. The president now in front tried desperately to keep the ball tight but from a turnover, Number 8 Marcus Latchford threw a magic pass wide to Wayne Smallman who galloped over. 10 all. The game was now on a knife edge with both side giving it everything to win the cup. And it was the President team who then nudged in front when a loose pass was picked up by Crombie who again scooted home. 15-10 to the Presidents team 7 minutes left.
The ageing Presidents were now holding on for dear life but they could not stop Smallman again out pacing the cover to score to the great delight of his teammates. With the game in its dying embers. Chairman’s full back Dom Richardson made a half break and found second row Smith up in support. He was away for all money but a thumping covering tackle by Mark Harris, wearing his beloved 6 jersey endured the game ended in a draw.
Fantastic effort by both sides Tom would of been so proud.
Top of the table Sarries met there nearest rivals and put in their best performance of the season. Playing quality rugby and scoring 7 tries.
But it didn’t start according to the Sarries script as the Stow centre broke blind and found his Fly Half with a nice inside pass and he strode over under the posts for a try which he converted.
This rattled the Sarries and Stow were unlucky not to add to their lead as the dominated for the next 10 minutes.
But finally the Sarries got their game going and a sweeping backs move saw Dan Hammond sprint over in the corner. This score turned the tied and shortly after a strong run by Lloyd Arkle saw flanker Chris Reid up in support who just managed to hold off the desperate covering to score under the posts. Surman converted. The only other chance to score in the half came from a penalty right in front of the posts which Surman blasted against the crossbar. 12-7 at half time.
The second half saw the Sarries cut loose. A deft flick from Skipper Darryl Francis found prop Lachlan Sharpe who powered towards the line just to be held up short, but that just set-up replacement prop and renowned try poacher Russ Morrisson to slip over. This was quickly followed up by a sweeping move that saw former Cheltenham North hooker Jim Connelly go over.
It was now all Sarries and Hammond scored his second, making it 8 tries in the last 3 games. Then the pack took over and from a great take in the line out by Rob Long saw them shunt the Stow 8 back a full 15 metres for hooker Connelly to grab his second. The last word was had by Buster Maz…..(sp) who finished off another fund move to score.
Stow to their credit never stopped trying but they were eventually no match for the Sarries pace and power.
Still a long way to go but a win next week over Minchinhampton will see the Sarries go into the Xmas break 8 out of 8 in the league.
Writer’s man if the match, very tough one this week as there was not a bad Saracen player on the pitch but No. 8 Alex Bye for his power running and numerous turn overs gets the nod.
Top of the table clash between the two teams gunning for promotion. For the first 10 minutes the Saries were still on the proverbial bus and were 10-0 down against a young and quick Newent team. However, the Saries forwards began to get a grip on the game and exert a control over the Newent eight that they were never to relinquish.
Having got back into the game with a well worked try Brad then produced a moment of magic that would not have looked out of place on the hallowed turf of Twickenham. Brad put up a coss field kick into the safe arms of Hobsey which saw him gallop over for first of his two tries; a spectacular score.
Half time came and went with the Saries forwards continuing to bully their younger oponents. By now the back row of Andy, Stan and Piffy were marauding acorss the park turning over lots of Newent ball. Captain marvel Smudger brought on Vaughany to bring some calm and control to the game, who promptly had a kick charged down which led to a Newent try leaving the score 20-19 in Saries favour.
Fortunately a barn storming run from Stan led to Hobsey again going over. With Brad adding the convesion the wind was taken out of the Newents sails and the Saries closed the game out for a well deserved win.