Cheltenham Saracens 54 Tewkesbury 17
The early stages saw both teams sizing each other up and it became a midfield battle with good attack and defence from both sets of teams.
Eventually the deadlock was broken as Number Eight James McMahon picked from the back of a scrum and offloaded to scrum-half Kyle Thomas who weaved his way past the defence to tack up the first points of the match. Harris kept his cool and added an extra two.
Minutes later, following a penalty, Saracens found themselves with a lineout on the Tewkesbury 5m line and with well worked forward’s maul drove over. Harris converted again to double the lead.
A good break saw centre Jack Lawrenson hit through gap and with two defenders bearing down on him, go over just left of the posts for the Saracens’ third try in quick succession. Harris kept his 100 per cent record to make it 21-0.
The last play of the first half saw Tewkesbury add their own points. After taking their time in possession, their patience paid off as they eventually found and exploited a gap in the Saracens defence. The conversion missed but only just and the half ended 21-5.
The second half started evenly with both sides camping in the middle of the park but after considerable pressure from Saracens and good defence by Tewkesbury, full-back Sam Rimmer broke the line to go over and with the conversion made it 28.
This didn’t stop Tewkesbury after sustained pressure on the Sarries defence, a kick over the top of the defence saw their quick winger catch the bounce and touch down in the corner.
The angle again however was too much for the conversion. 28-10.
Saracens responded well and it wasn’t long before they were building phases inside the Tewkesbury 22m area.
A cross-field kick from Harris saw winger Dom Richardson catch and cooly side-step his opposite number to stroll over left of the posts. Harris converted again to take the score to 35-10.
This opened the Tewkesbury floodgates and after building phases in the Tewkesbury 22m area again, McMahon got himself a try, picking the ball out of a ruck and shrugging off a tackle to score beneath the posts. Harris easily converted for 42-10.
Tewkesbury worked hard in possession following the re-start and didn’t stop working to get themselves a converted try after some strong running to make it 42-17.
A well worked backs move saw full-back Rimmer go in for his second try of the game and Harris who was having no problems with the tee, added the extra two again with the kick.
After more pressure in the second half, including a big carry from forward Josh Wright, Saracens crossed the line again.
This time Jake Townsend, who came on to replace an injured Jack Lawrenson, received the ball out on the wing and sprinted away to tap down in the corner. Harris hit the post with the kick but did not convert.