Cheltenham Saracens clinch the Combination Cup in thriller over Old Patesians

CHELTENHAM SARACENS 22

OLD PATESIANS IIs 19

CHELTENHAM Saracens snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as they triumphed over Old Patesians in a fiercely-contested Cheltenham Combination Cup final at the Prince of Wales stadium.

Tries from Saracens lock Kris Williams and hooker Scott Rowe gave Saracens a 12-0 lead, before Pats fought back to decrease the deficit to 12-7 at the break through a wonderful solo try from pace-ace Lee Hathaway, converted by scrum-half Matt Mudway.

Buoyed by the late first-half try, Pats grabbed another in the 47th minute, as Rob White grounded the ball from a driving maul to level the scores.

Saracens fly-half Bradley Harris booted his side back into the lead with a penalty but not before Pats captain George Angell sliced his way through a tiring Sarries’ defence to put Pats 19-15 up.

But it was Saracens night as captain James McMahon crashed over from a driving maul, and Harris added the extras to secure the Cup for the first time since 1984.

CHELTENHAM SARACENS: S Rimmer, M Williams, D Richardson, J Lawrenson, W Smallbrain, B Harris, M Kelly, D Burnham, S Rowe,C Windley, W Dove, K Williams, T Patience, S Meheran, J McMahon

REPLACEMENTS: R Coleman, C Wilkinson M Francis, A Cresswell, K White

OLD PATESIANS II: L Hathaway, W Tyler, J Ballinger, J Fautey, A Ballinger, C Duffin, M Mudway, J Enderby, M Mcarney, E Gardener, P Bennett, H Gunther, B Vincent, J Spry, G Angell (c)

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