Difficult County Cup opener for U14s

Cheltenham Saracens U14’s 7
Longlevens RFC U14’s 35

On a sunny Sunday morning, Sarries kicked off their county cup campaign at home to Longlevens.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to score, after a quick runner danced his way through. The conversion was short, keeping it at a five point score.

cc2 The opening stages saw Longlevens take the game to Sarries. Piling the pressure on hard, asking questions of the home defence. The pressure paid as Sarries struggled to make gains deep in their own half and were penalised for holding on at the ruck. Longlevens tapped the penalty and the visitors extended their lead with another unconverted try.

The teams kicked the ball to each other in the following stages as neither side could organise but Longlevens saw themselves adding more points from the tee, as a Sarries man was penalised at a ruck. The kick saw Longlevens extend their lead 0-13.

The rest of the half saw the game break down with both teams camping down in the middle of the park. Longlevens managed to add to their total while Sarries were down to 14 men due to injury. The visitors scored under the posts after strong, persistent phases. The kick was good as the final play of the half.

Half time: Saracens 0-20 Longlevens.

Longlevencc1s strong runners proved just too strong again as they started the second half strongly. It didn’t take long to add to their total, as a well worked backs manoeuvre opened a hole in the defence for the runner to hit through for an unconverted try. 0-25.

Sarries responded well to this early setback and they built phases in the opposition half. Banging on the door, they worked phases patiently, drawing mistakes from the Longlevens defence. Charlie Maker opened Sarries scoring, after a tap penalty and strong runners was too much for the visiting defence. Fly-half, Keane Mazoweic, kept his cool and slotted his kick to give Sarries a possible way back into the game.

Longlevens pressured the Sarries line, winning a penalty. The resulting lineout and maul saw Sarries steal the ball but the kick away saw Longlevens run it back. The resulting play saw Sarries carry it over the deadball area and tap down, giving Longlevens a 5m scrum. The pressure of the patient phases paid off and they scored in the corner, unconverted. 7-30.

cc3With the play breaking down to a battle in midfield again, and last play called by the referee, Longlevens stole a Saracens scrum and sort to add to their score line. The pressure of the organised backs moves saw the visiting attack go over and score. Again it was unconverted, and the match ended 7-35.

Man of the match: Charlie Maker and Kian Fraser.
Special mention to Aiden for solid defensive work.

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