Ross on Wye 7 v 35 Cheltenham Saracens

The Sarries got there long awaited first away win of the season with a good performance which see`s them climb to 4th in the league.

The game started with the Sarries playing into a bright low sun, but this did not stop them getting into there stride early with some good all round play, it wasn`t long till the pressure paid off with Ross straying offside giving young soon to be RAF pilot Paul Miles a chance at goal which he just missed but from the resulting 22 drop out the ball was collected and after some good rucking from scrum half Matt Kelly and a good line break from former skipper Rich Coleman saw hooker George Bennett dart over under the posts giving Miles a simple conversion and the Sarries a perfect start the next 25 minutes saw the game became what was a battle of the defenses with both sides trying to play attractive rugby but to no avail. But then it was the turn of Ross to get on the score sheet being camped on the Sarries line for what seemed an eternity and it was only after an attempted clearance kick was charged that the Ross number seven managed to fall on the and level the scores, as in weeks before this seamed to reignite the Sarries and lead to some great handling and Wayne Smallman driving over in the corner for what was a perfectly good try, with the low sun and the speed of Smallman the Ref was unable to see it and the try was disallowed however two penalty`s from Miles saw the Sarries go into the break with a 13 to 7 lead.

The second half started in the way the first had finished with some barnstorming runs from the center partnership of Lawrencson and Pettifer the Sarries got there selves into a good attacking position and the vision again of young fly half Miles spotted a gap out wide and with excellent composure and accuracy he put in a cross field kick for wing Paul Hewitt to collect and touch down. The second half was now starting to become a one sided affair with another try being disallowed when James Taylor picked up from the base of a ruck and crashed over the ref saying it was held up, this was not going to put the Sarries off and in almost an exact same position two minutes later Coleman manged to do the same with the ref awarding this one. With the game in the last ten minutes and the Ross side seeming to tire it allowed full back Luke Stoneman to show his pace on two occasions showing them a clean pair of heals to bag a brace, giving the Sarries a first away win.

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