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2nds create mayhem against Tewkesbury

Saracens 2nd,s 107 V Tewkesbury 2nd,s 0

It’s not easy to score 100+ points you need to hold your shape, be unselfish, stay very basic and let the ball do the work and for 80 mins and getting their absolute just rewards Sarries second XV did exactly that running in 19 tries.

Jake Michael Townsend opened the floodgates within 2 minutes of play scooting in after some slick hands through the backs unconverted one nil the backs. The forwards not to be undone were the next to strike with a 5 metre push over scrum try James Thomas at 8 dotting down. Tewkesbury made an error of judgement calling for uncontested scrums giving the very lively Sarries pack a licence to exert scrum time energy into run time. In between the serious business of a league campaign there was time for a Youtube comedy moment when Chris Wilkinson broke free down his touchline only to be hounded down in defence by Saracens ex player Martin Vanzeals rather large labrador dog and, although he crossed the try line and placed the ball down, the Ref ruled it out saying the Dog had blocked off Tewkesbury tacklers.

It was on the 75th minute mark that Sarries hit the 100 point mark with Louis Gilbert taking the honours with a well deserved try for his excellent all round performance. On a proud and personal note I stood applauded the whole squad what an achievement.

Try scorers –
Jake Townsend 2
James Thomas 3
Kierran White 2
Ryan White 1
Marcus Latchford
Paul Hewitt 3
Wayne Hopson 1
Paul Jones 1
Louis Gilbert 1
Harry Newman (Beaver) 2
Conversions –
Marcus Latchford 4
Paul Hewitt 2
Chris Wilkinson
Russell Thomas Morrison

The whole sqaud needs to be acknowledged but you will always get stand out performers on the day and players of note the White twins tries, countless yards gained and rock solid in D. Wayne Hopson excellent work rate throughout capped with a try. Harry Beaver a very wisened old head on young shoulders and a brace of tries to cap a very fine performance. Paul Hewitt starting at 13 was again consistently outstanding bagging a hat trick of tries. It’s a close call for MOM between Lou Gilbert and JT as they simply ran the show control and game management was excellent. But the coaches MOM on the historic day goes to JT simply “Quality”

Sarries continue their march up the table

Frampton Cotterel 0 v 38 Cheltenham Saracens

For the first time this season, Saracens had an almost full roster of players to select from. Based on how well all teams have been performing in recent weeks, this made for an exciting prospect.

Preperations were slightly tainted, with a last minute venue change and hurried warm up, but this did not deter a Sarries side with the top quarter of the table in the sights. Dominating most aspects of the game from the off, the forward pack made inroads into the home territory with line-out drives and carries off 9. Penalty opportunities at goal were turned down in favour of kicks to the corner, and often paid dividends. It wasn’t long before Chris Read grounded for the first.

With the momentum in Saracens favour, points quickly built with Centre Jack Lawrenson crashing over from short range from a quickly taken penalty. The home side were gifted a lot of possession and territory by Saracens indiscipline, but tue defense held strong with the ever present Tom Wilkinson and Aaron Connolly slowing and turning ball over. Continued pressure resulted in another attacking lineout with Shaun Meheran grounding the ball on the back of the drive. The half time aim was to gain the try bonus and keep the opposition to nil.
Playing into the wind and up the hill did nothing to slow the visitors, and the scoreboard mounted once again. From fly half, James Butler controlled the game with ease, pinning the opposition back and orchestrating strikes. Controlled phases resulted in tries for both Hywel James and Chris Plumb on either side of the pitch. A further try from Gareth Rogers sealed the victory on a very solid performance from the Cheltenham Saracens, whose defense never once faltered. Brad Harris scored the conversions.

Barmy Army props up win at Pats

Old Pats 3rds 27 Chelt Saracens 2nds 41

2015-2016 Glos one merit league table was opened with a bang for Everest Rd visitors Cheltenham Saracens RFC.

Sarries with a much changed side from the selected starting Fifteen called upon the resources of Paul Grayson’s Barmy Army 3rds who rocked up magnificently to a man (thanks for your help Kiwi)
With honesty from the coaching team with so many changes there were certainly pre match jitters as to how this makeshift side would fair. But never underestimate the power of team/club spirit.

It was the outstanding Christopher Jon Plumb who was to open the Sarries scoring account coming off a solid set piece platform that stood firm all day both in scrum and lineout both defensively and offensively. Edward Peter Hampshire returning to his old stamping powered his way through for the visitors second proving what an excellent signing he is for Sarries and I’m sure the watching Pats ruing their evident loss. The half back pairing of MP Pros and Paul Hewitt were orchestrating the side brilliantly keeping the backline always on the front foot and the pats constantly scrambling in defence. On his first game of the season it was Lloyd Arkell who was on hand with a great supporting run to cross the whitewash. Pats not in the game at any faze during the first 40 were only kept in the match with Sarries infringements at the ruck breakdown and on one such occasion they opted to register a score through a penalty kick. Chris plumb again hit the attacking line from 15 to collect his brace of tries and having converted 3 of the first half tries it was a pumped up Saracens that closed the first half 3-26 up.

Old Pats are still the premier side in the town and with home advantage and a roasting from their coach it was a very different side that came blazing down the hill rocking up 12 unanswered points in as many minutes until the dazed Saracens side not to be denied derby day bragging rights found first half form again and it was Sarries own Billywiz Dan Loughlin to put the after burners on just inside the pats half leaving 4 would be tacklers grasping at nothing but dust as he raced in under the posts and plumb again adding the extras. The game was now a very even contest and very much admired from all on the sidelines fast and furious. The physical edge was very much lead by the twins Ryan White and Kierran White who were bursting tackles for fun and on one such foray it was Kierran to smash and grab himself 5 points and seal the game for Saracens RFC final score 27-41.

MOM – names worthy of note Paul Hewitt solid measured performance at 10. The White twins sheer graft. Evergreen Stuart Cooper everywhere. But coaches MOM must go to Chris Plumb not just for his personal tally of 21 points but overall game an absolute attacking force for 80 mins.

Cheltenham Saracens cruise to win over Tewkesbury

Cheltenham Saracens RFC 67
Tewkesbury 15

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, King George V hosted cup rugby of its own as Saracens took on Tewkesbury in the Gloucestershire Senior Vase.

The game started with a fast pace with both teams running and tackling hard. It took quarter of an hour for either side to break the deadlock, with Saracens fly-half Bradley Harris converting a penalty in front of the posts.
Tewkesbury, however, responded well to this early setback and quickly began running quick, strong phases before penetrating the home defence and tacking up the first try of the match. They also managed to convert, putting them four points ahead, 3-7.

This was cancelled out almost minutes later, as flanker Shaun Meheran broke through the defence and after some flowing hands from the backs and a winding run by fullback Sam Rimmer, James McMahon was put through unopposed to tap down under the sticks. Harris kept his cool and added two from the tee, putting Saracens ahead 10-7.

Not long after this the sides were equal again, a penalty at the breakdown saw Tewkesbury add three points but the hosts didn’t let this stop them. With the forwards dictating the rucks, the Saracens moved forward, running phases from line-outs. The referee gave advantage for an infringement at the breakdown and scrumhalf Kyle Thomas picked up from the bottom of a ruck to crash his way over. Harris however was not able to convert but Saracens lead by five.

Front row replacement Josh Wright had been on the field of play only minutes before he powered over the whitewash following a maul, scoring his first first-team try for the Sarries. Harris converted to add two to the host’s already stretching lead and minutes later he was adding from the tee again as scrumhalf Thomas broke the gap and used his speed to avoid the backs before a last ditch tackle stopped his run. A swift offload however to centre Jack Lawrenson saw the supporting runner crash over to secure the bonus point. The score now Sarries 29 – 10 Tewkesbury.

This wasn’t the last time Sarries would get on the scoresheet in this half as former Tewkesbury player Tom Wilkinson hit the gap and left both the winger and fullback in his wake as he sidestepped his way around the number fifteen to get a clear run over. Harris however wasn’t able to add two extra points with the last play of the half and the scoreboard at half time read Sarries 34 Tewkesbury 10.

Early into the second half saw Saracens forcing the pressure. Harris himself put his name down on the score sheet, as a dummy pass and sublime pace saw him cruise past the visiting defence and touch down under the posts. He added two from the tee and Saracens built on this good start to the second half.

Tewkesbury managed to get back on track with a try of their own after fullback Rimmer saw himself sent to the bin for not being 10 metres when making a tackle on a tapped penalty. Tewkesbury made the man advantage count and after banging on the Saracens’ door, after phases after phase, managed to sneak in. The conversion however, was not on target.

Still down to fourteen men, Saracens forwards started to dictate play again. With phases deep in the Tewkesbury half, lock John Welsh bundled over for a try just right of the posts. Harris converted with ease and Saracens lead stood at 48-15.

Harris’ pace shone through again as the away defence couldn’t deal with it. After seemingly running himself into trouble, the young fly-half crossed the whitewash but deep in the corner. He wasn’t able to convert his own try, as the angle proved to be just slightly too much.

Try number nine for Saracens came through Captain, James McMahon, who broke away after a opportunistic line-out where Saracens didn’t lift any jumpers. McMahon, in the middle of the line-out caught the low floated Tewskbury throw and hit the gap between the two jumping pods and charged over for another five points. Harris managed to stay calm and kicked an extra two points. The scoreboard now read Saracens 60, Tewkesbury 15.

Rimmer added try number ten with the last play of the match. Receiving the ball from Harris, he weaved his way around the on-rushing winger, and used his speed to back himself against his opposite number and crossed the line with ease. Harris notched up the extra two points and Saracens strolled into the Gloucestershire Senior Vase Semi-Finals with a final score of Cheltenham Saracens 67 – 15 Tewkesbury RFC.

Gloucestershire Echo Report

Marcus Latchford lights up Cheltenham Saracens’ win at Bream


Bream 8 Cheltenham Saracens 52

Marcus Latchford lit up his return to first XV rugby with an 80-metre interception try.

Cheltenham Saracens travelled to Bream in bright, sunny warm conditions in Gloucester Premier.

The past three visits had seen sleet, snow, hail and horizontal winds, which have always suited the home side’s style of play, and resulted in home wins.

But with six players returning from absence in last week’s close-fought fixture, a confident Saracens’ side started well, dominating the contact area and generally controlling the pace and style of the game.

Solid Saracens’ defence throughout held Bream at bay, and often forced errors and turnovers.

The ever-improving Brad Harris controlled the territory at ease, and with the exception of a drop goal attempt hitting one of his own players on the floor, he displayed a master class of out-of-hand kicking.

For the first time this season, Saracens properly put the training ground practices into play, intertwining forwards’ carries off nine and 10, with deceptive backs’ plays.

Handling errors by the visitors often held back the score, in moves which often left bottom-but-one Bream in disarray, with dominant set piece providing the perfect platform from which to launch attacks.

The Sarries certainly did not have it all their own way.

In turnover attack, the visitors proved especially dangerous, scoring midway through the first half with a hack through, winning the footrace to score, and certainly never giving up, despite the scoreline.

Notable performances came from Aaron Connolly and Chris Read,

There were try braces for Harris and Jack Lawrenson, with scores also for Greg Prance, Sam Rimmer, Kristian Williams, plus Latchford’s stunning effort.

Cheltenham Saracens: Prance, Connolly, Fitzharris, Rogers, Williams, Read, Meheran, McMahon ©, Thomas, Harris, Townsend, Lawrenson, Wilkinson, Nicholls, Rimmer. Reps: Wright, Patience, Latchford.

Gloucestershire Echo Report