Cheltenham Saracens 20 v 20 Gloucester Old Boys

This weeks fixture saw the Sarries travel down the golden valley to local rivals Old Boys, with both sides sitting mid table of Glos 1 and the sun shinning at the Horton Rd club it was all the right ingredients for a good game. The early exchanges of the game saw some good forward work from both sides but it was the Sarries who were looking the most dangerous with 17 year old fly half Paul Miles pulling the strings and putting his side into the Old Boys half with some accurate kicking and it wasn`t long before the constant pressure paid off and after several drives from Scott Rowe and Dave Fitzharis The Old boys strayed off side and Miles slotted the penalty giving the Sarries the perfect start. This however spurred the Old Boys into life and there hard grafting forwards applying lots of pressure in the scrum were rewarded with the first try of the game after a quick tap penalty taken by the scrum half he managed to find the smallest of holes in the Sarries defensive line to scramble over the line.

The rest of the first half was a story of Miles doing all the right things keeping the pressure on the Old Boys by kicking well down the slope when needed and unleashing the dangerous center partnership of Hanger and Pettifer mix this in with the tireless effort of vice captain Meheran and you would of thought that the trys were sure to come but Old Boys are not a side to just lay down and give in, with last ditch tackles and playing the off side law to within millimeters they managed to keep the Sarries from crossing there line. However miles was succesfull three more times with the boot and if it wasn`t for a sloppy scrum by the Sarries which saw the powerful Old Boys number 8 pick up and drive over the Sarries could of had a healthy 12 – 5 lead at half time but as it was it was all tied at 12 – 12.

The second half started brightly for the visiting side playing up the slope they seemed to have the bit between their teeth and again the Sarries forwards working hard to make sure Matt Kelly was getting as much clean ball as possible to be able to release the much quicker of the two back lines and 8 minutes into the second half Luke Stoneman showed it with a darting run up the blind side he manged to carry 2 Old Boys defenders over the line to give the Sarries the perfect start. The Old Boys hit back with a penalty which was cancelled out by Miles who slotted his 5th succesfull kick of the day and with the game all but over and the Sarries camped on the Old Boys it looked as if the Sarries were about to claim there first away win of the season, but with a bizarre sequence of events and a lineout back in there own 22 it was the abrasive Old Boys pack who had the last word with a catch and drive to take them over the line to finish the game level with 20 points each.

Star Man. Paul Miles

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