Cheltenham Saracens II 41 v 7 Stow

Top of the table Sarries met there nearest rivals and put in their best performance of the season. Playing quality rugby and scoring 7 tries.

But it didn’t start according to the Sarries script as the Stow centre broke blind and found his Fly Half with a nice inside pass and he strode over under the posts for a try which he converted.

This rattled the Sarries and Stow were unlucky not to add to their lead as the dominated for the next 10 minutes.

But finally the Sarries got their game going and a sweeping backs move saw Dan Hammond sprint over in the corner. This score turned the tied and shortly after a strong run by Lloyd Arkle saw flanker Chris Reid up in support who just managed to hold off the desperate covering to score under the posts. Surman converted. The only other chance to score in the half came from a penalty right in front of the posts which Surman blasted against the crossbar. 12-7 at half time.

The second half saw the Sarries cut loose. A deft flick from Skipper Darryl Francis found prop Lachlan Sharpe who powered towards the line just to be held up short, but that just set-up replacement prop and renowned try poacher Russ Morrisson to slip over. This was quickly followed up by a sweeping move that saw former Cheltenham North hooker Jim Connelly go over.

It was now all Sarries and Hammond scored his second, making it 8 tries in the last 3 games. Then the pack took over and from a great take in the line out by Rob Long saw them shunt the Stow 8 back a full 15 metres for hooker Connelly to grab his second. The last word was had by Buster Maz…..(sp) who finished off another fund move to score.

Stow to their credit never stopped trying but they were eventually no match for the Sarries pace and power.

Still a long way to go but a win next week over Minchinhampton will see the Sarries go into the Xmas break 8 out of 8 in the league.

Writer’s man if the match, very tough one this week as there was not a bad Saracen player on the pitch but No. 8 Alex Bye for his power running and numerous turn overs gets the nod.

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