13 MAN SARRIES GO DOWN TO PAINSWICK
The Saracens went into this game in a confident mood after the win against Newent the previous week, and it was not long into this encounter that the Sarries forwards were again looking stronger than the opposition with bulldozing runs from captain Nick Hanby and new signing Gareth Rogers, which eventually paid off with a penalty by Marcus Latchford to give the Sarries the perfect start. This seemed to spark Painswick into life and if it wasn’t for some excellent cover tackling and a last gasp interception from winger Tim Perks the Sarries could of quite easily of been a couple of tries down, but eventually Painswick did brake down the workman like Sarries defence and scored a brake away try which was converted to make it 7-3, it was the ill discipline of Painswick and again some bullish work by the 2 welsh boys in the engine room Rogers and Coleman that gave Latchford another chance at goal which he slotted with ease (7-6), the last 5 minutes of the first half saw the Sarries continue to put on the pressure but with no gain, and an injury time penalty by Painswick gave them a half time lead 10 – 6. But the Sarries were still very much in it and it looked as if we were going to have a cracking 2nd half, this could not be further from the truth with several injuries and changing of position the Sarries looked all at sea and playing the game with 13 men for 10 minutes after a controversial Nelly Francis sin bin saw Painswick managed to run in 4 tries leaving a very disappointed Sarries with a 30 -6 loss.
I am sure that if we all train hard this coming week we can put this one behind us and get back to winning ways next week.