Cheltenham Saracens clinch the Combination Cup in thriller over Old Patesians



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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