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.