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.
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.
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 and 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 well 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.