Chipping Sodbury remain in frame despite first defeat

November 03 2015

Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club remain in a promotion place despite their first defeat of the season, a 35-7 reverse at Bristol Saracens. That defeat was the last game of October, but the month wasn’t all bad, with a convincing win earlier over St Mary’s.

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Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club remain in a promotion place despite their first defeat of the season, a 35-7 reverse at Bristol Saracens.  That defeat was the last game of October, but the month wasn’t all bad, with a convincing win earlier over St Mary’s.

Chipping Sodbury 1st XV – 35  St Mary’s 1st XV – 8

The home side got off the mark when the boot of Dan Bradley converted a penalty in the first minute giving Sodbury an early lead.
The score crept up to 6 – 3 as the teams tested each other out but it was the Sodbury defence that stood resolute and robust all across the field. Jason Petchey typified the effort by throwing himself at anything in a black and green shirt.
A great attacking position on the 22 found Sodbury’s aggressive defence step up and the visitors found themselves hounded backwards for 30 metres until a clearing kick found touch. The resulting lineout was driven fully 25 metres until Mary’s coughed up a penalty, which allowed Bradley to extend the lead to 6 points.
The second half began with Sodbury playing on the front foot. Sodbury’s first try came off the back of 10 phases of play after a kick chase by Jake Lewis and Max Gallagher. The rucking was complemented by some great passing between forwards and backs. When Gallagher finally received the crucial pass, he burst on to it to score wide on the right.
Just 5 minutes later skipper Steve Hopes took the brave decision to kick to the corner from an easily kickable field position. The resulting lineout 7 metres from St Mary’s try line gave Matt Cooke the chance to rise effortlessly from the middle of the line to set up the Sodbury drive.
With the best of Sodbury beef churning up the turf on an unerring path to the try line, Sumo claimed the ball and simply dived over as the line came into view, scoring a try for the purists in the crowd.
A few minutes later Sodbury created yet another 1st phase try from a scrum just 15 metres out. Thanks to a front 5 who were on song all afternoon the ball was delivered crisply and Horton sped into contact and stayed on his feet long enough to be joined by Pullen, who took the ball through the remaining defence to score.
Sods were stunned with a quite brilliantly crafted try from the away side. Sodbury knew the result was secure and went in search of a bonus point. The home team forced a turnover on halfway and punted it up field. Some loose passing led to the ball hitting the turf only to be scooped up by Ben Taylor, scored under the posts for the fourth try of the second half and a simple conversion for Bradley.
Photo courtesy of: Jeff Gendall Photography