Cheltenham Saracens III 44 – Old Cryptians II 22
Two weeks ago the same two sides met in a friendly that saw the Old C’s thump the Sarries by seventy points, so it was with some trepidation that the Sarries kicked off on a squally day at KGV.
Early play seemed to suggest that the Crypts were again up for the match and a flowing move saw their centre, who had an impressive afternoon dot down for an unconverted try. A penalty quickly followed as the Old C’s continued to dominate.
It was the wily old fox Matt Mudway who dragged the Sarries back into the game using the strong wind to put in some raking kicks that gave the Sarries territory. From a scrum inside the 22 scrum half Darryl Francis created space for speedy winger Dan Loughlan to scoot home.
Poor discipline from the Sarries gained the wrath of the referee and the Old C’s punished them with another try. The loggerheads with the ref continued to a point when the ref said to the Sarries “can you lot just play rugby” and that’s exactly what they did in the last five minutes of the half.
Matt Williams crossed for the first of his four tries and then straight from the kick off, the ball was collected and passed to Paul Crombie who hit a great line and created quick ruck ball in the centre of the park, from this excellent interchange passing by the backs saw debutant centre Dave Holmyard scorch home.
Half time 15-15
The teams changed ends and now Old C’s had the elements behind them and they looked set for a win. But the Sarries hadn’t read this script and simply blew them off the park with four tries in the first twenty minutes of the half. Williams added an early score, before a sweeping move saw Luke Brown up in support to cross for a try he thoroughly deserved, Williams added his third before Junior McDaid thundered over from thirty yards.
Old C’s did have the last word on the final whistle when their young flanker collected a cross kick to score.
A very good game played in testing conditions.
Writers MoM: Well if you score four tries it should be Matt Williams but on his last home game for the club it goes to Sarries legend Wayne Smith.