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Sarries IIs triumph over Evesham in friendly

Sarries 2’s-12,Evesham 2’s-5

Due to Hucclecote pulling out of the merit table,sarries were matched against Evesham in a friendly at KGV.

With a lot of changes due to players being unavailable or having slight Knocks from the previous week,the sarries took to the field led by the Peter Pan of rugby Peter lodge with a bare 15 with the help of the ever helpful 3rd team management releasing players to plug the gaps left by the players not available.Lodgey
From the outset the signs looked good with the backline making inroads after a tense first 5 minutes.The only mistakes being made were erratic kicking from hand into the wind allowing Evesham to return with interest.

The first score came from the sarries after a sweeping move from right to left allowed Jake Townsend to touch down after good work from James Barrett……conversion missed…5-0 sarries. The game then turned into a bit of a bunfight between the 22’s with neither side giving quarter. Evesham used their powerful scrum to good effect,allowing the 10 to gain good field position for a lineout which led to an Evesham try.

5-5 halftime

After stern wise words from the skipper and senior players sarries turned round with the wind at their backs. The second half was much the same as the first apart from the scrums…sarries somehow clicked andRun the scrum wasn’t an issue any longer as they secured decent ball to allow the backs to gain yards. A scrum on the Evesham line was decisive.A solid platform allowed Junior McDaid to power over for the score with Jake Townsend adding the extras…12-5 sarries.

The game finished by mutual consent due to a serious injury to Harry Lodge and the Evesham skipper with bad cramp.

All in all a much improved performance from the previous week with our backs to the wall and no replacements against a side who were wellTackle drilled and physical and, in the writers opinion, better than last weeks opponents.

As ever Pete lodge was at the forefront of everything, James Barrett the pick of a good backline. Special mention to Sean bissett who, playing prop for the first time in a long time, held his own and was excellent in the loose. Also our new international player Gabriel Kim who stepped up and performed well.

Cheltenham Saracens net comprehensive victory over Hucclecote

Cheltenham Saracens 30
Hucclecote 10

After a weekend off, Sarries took to the pitch in less than ideal conditions against a Hucclecote side struggling for away form.

The game started slow with Hucclecote pegging back the hosts in their own half and eventually the pressure handed Hucclecote a penalty, converted in front of the posts.

Brad

Brad Harris

Sarries responded immediately, as their dominant pack crushed Hucclecote at the scrum which allowed fullback Chris Plumb to hit the gap and offload to winger Will Hewer who’s speed proved too much for the visitor’s scrambling defence. Harris’ kick was unsuccessful, sailing just wide.

Hucclecote managed to claw their way back in front with a try in the corner after the home defence was caught lacking. The conversion was slotted well from a tight angle.

Sarries again responded by raising their game and piled on the pressure of their own, eventually gaining a lineout inside the Hucclecote 22m area. A Sarries maul made a lot of yardage but was stopped just short of the line. Eventually it was strong, tighthead prop Dave Fitzharris who picked up from the ruck and battered his way over. The kick was not converted, leaving the score at 10-10.

Sarries saw themselves go ahead again with the last play of the first half, as they again annihilated the visitors allowing fly-half Brad Harris to slip through the defence and touch down. He kept his cool to convert, putting the hosts 17-10 at the break.

The second half saw the Sarries start well again as they dispatched a penalty to extend the gap.

It wasn’t long until they found themselves adding to their lead as Hucclecote couldn’t deal with the Sarries forwards and a rolling maul allowed Josh Wright to trundle over for an unconverted try, giving Sarries a 25-10 lead.

Hucclecote took advantage as the match got scrappy but a monster tackle from lock Gareth Rogers put an end to any forward momentum they had built.

Shortly after, Rogers and the rest of the forwards dominated again, as a Sarries tap penalty lead to the forwards dictating phases. This strong platform allowed good ball for the backs as Hewer again was able to step on the gas and storm over in the corner. The conversion, the last play of the match, was just wide as Sarries ran in 30-10 winners

Newspaper article here

2nd XV suffer home defeat to Coney Hill

Billed as the biggest game of the season the contest did not live up to the hype. The weather and marshalling of the day did nothing to help this scrappy affair.

Sarries II could not build on their dominance of the scrum offensively and defensively offering an ideal platform but lacked foresight and conviction in their attacks. Hill offered little themselves in attack but their outstanding 10 controlled the game with his mercurial boot spinning and turning the Sarries back line time and again.

All the points were scored in the first half with Hill running in a touch line try converted and penalty and Saracens notching a penalty on the close of the half.

Lloyd Arkell was excellent off the bench embracing his new found second row position. Peter Lodge was man of the match for his tireless work rate

Saracens 2nds 3 Coney Hill 2nds 10

Newspaper article here

Cheltenham Saracens welcome back captain James McMahon to face Hucclecote

First team manager Archie Nelmes is looking forward to blowing someone cobwebs away this weekend as Cheltenham Saracens invite Gloucester Premier rivals Hucclecote to King George V.

Defeat away to Longlevens was difficult to take in their pursuit for a play-off place but Nelmes says there is plenty to take from the loss.

“We were very disappointed with the result against Longlevens two weeks ago,” Nelmes said. “As a squad we have looked into what and where we feel we came up short.
“Coaches Leroy Hughes and Billy Burns have taken those negatives and turned them into positives on the training paddock.

“It was nice to give the lads a weekend off last weekend they are now fresh and champing at the bit for this weekend’s fixture.”

And Sarries are buoyed by the return of their captain James McMahon at a key moment in their campaign.

Captain James McMahon

Captain James McMahon

“The return of skipper James McMahon will give us a real boost,” Nelmes continued. “Hywel James moves to outside centre with Jack Lawerson away working with the RFU.

Read article here

Old Centralians III’s unbeaten run ended by Cheltenham Saracens III

Cheltenham Saracens III V Old Centralians III

‘Some days you’re the dog, somedays you’re the lampost’ were the poignant words spoken by Saracens stalwart Gary Short following their last encounter with Old Centralians, having suffered a heavy defeat.

The undefeated Old Centralians arrived at the KGV to be met with wet and windy weather conditions and a Saracens 3rd team detirmined not to be ‘the lampost’ again.

Early phases of the game suggested that may be the case with Old Centralians running and recycling the ball well. That pressure resulted in an early Centralians score, which went unconverted.

The visitors continued in the same vein for much of the first half, but the Saracens defence was well organised and ruthless in order to stave off wave after wave of Centralians attack.

The second half opened with more wind and more rain making life difficult for the lineouts and for any chance of fluent running rugby. Multiple handling errors from both sides resulted in a leg sapping amount of scrummaging on a pitch which was soft under foot to say the least.

A chip through from Saracens’ Bradley Harris was defiantly chased down by second row Lloyd Arkell who’s tackle resulted in a penalty given for Centralian’s full back holding on, on the ground. The quick tap was taken by Hywel James, catching the Old C’s defence on the back foot and then out pacing the attaempt at the cover takle, to score near the posts allowing Bradley Harris a simple conversion to slot through the uprights.

Following this the Saracens defence was once again called on, rebuffing rolling mauls and strong ball carriers on there own line. Good defensive organisation coupled with dogged detirmination preventing the visitors from crossing the try line.

Saracens pressure and torrential rain contributed to a Centrailians fumble and a lose ball which was pounced on by Bradley Harris who hacked it through allowing himself to flomp on the the ball over the try line for Saracens second try. He then prompt;y stepped up to miss the conversion.

The Saracens could have had a third score late in the second half from Paul Hewitt. A Cents kick through was gathered by Hewitt deep in his own half, he the proceeded to glide through several tackles and chip over the top, continuing the chase to touch down over the line. Unfortuantley for Paul following a fantastic show of pace and skill the referee dissallowed the try as he was unable to tell for certain whether he or the covering defender was first to touch the ball down.

Final Score
Cheltenham Saracens III 12
Old Centralians III 5

I would like to be able to highlight some special perfomances , but in tough conditions every single player player was worthy of special commendation. The highlights above were not indicative of a game that was hampered by the conditions and for the most part was tough, ugly rugby. A fantastic well desereved scalp for the men of the KGV.