Cheltenham Saracens 25
On a day when most matches were cancelled, the conditions didn’t stop the home side from stamping their authority early as King George V hosted its first Gloucester Premier match of the year.
Directly following kick off, flanker Shaun Meheran charged down a kick allowing Brad Harris, who returned to fly-half, to scoop up the ball and glide over with the greatest of ease after six seconds. He also chalked up the extra two from the tee giving the Sarries a 7-0.
The play developed into a midfield battle following the early start but eventually the Saracens pressure paid off as they won a penalty in front of the posts which Harris slotted over.
The weather forced the play to become scrappy and the first half ended Saracens 10-0 Bream.
Saracens started the second half well with some strong running from centres Jack Lawrenson and James Butler before a kick over the rushing Bream defence allowed winger Hywel James to touch down. The try was disallowed however as the referee had not seen the grounding. From the resulting scrum, Sarries put phases together and James again found himself gliding over. This time it was counted but Harris missed the conversion.
After some scrappy play Bream won a penalty but failed to find touch. This allowed returning second row James Taylor to weave his way through the visiting defence before going to ground. From this a perfectly weighted pass from Kyle Thomas found hooker Aaron Connolly who stole the gap and offloaded to Meheran who dived over. The conversion was missed.
Bream managed to get a try on the board following a maul at the lineout. The conversion was missed but Saracens remained in the lead 20-5.
In the final dying seconds of the match, Saracens won a penalty on the Bream 5m line and a tap penalty quickly developed into a maul which drove over the line allowing captain James McMahon to snatch that bonus point to keep Saracens in touch with the teams at the top.The final conversion was just wide.