Chipping Sodbury top table after hat-trick of wins
Three wins in a row has left Chipping Sodbury rugby club 6 points clear at the top of the Gloucester Premier League.
Three wins in a row has left Chipping Sodbury rugby club 6 points clear at the top of the Gloucester Premier League. A 26-16 win away at bottom club Cirencester leaves them in a very strong position with six games to go this season. The victory was the latest in a three match winning streak.
Cirencester 16 - 26 Chipping Sodbury
Traditionally, the trip to Cirencester has been a fruitless one for Sodbury. The quaint Cotswold stone buildings and the top-notch post-match food have been scant consolation for the string of losses. The monkey is off the back of the men in black, after they secured a bonus point win.
It looked ominous during the opening exchanges, as Sodbury conceded three early penalties, one of which was converted.
Sodbury’s only try of the first half saw them go through six phases and cover 60 metres of the pitch. Cirencester infringed five metres out and the Sods elected to scrummage. Quick ball to Dan Bradley saw him claim the try, which was converted by Jon Cook.
Sodbury then let themselves down from the restart. A missed tackle in the centre saw Cirencester the home side score and take the lead.
Just two minutes into the second half, Cook stole a Cirencester lineout and Sodbury spun it wide for Dom Pullen to score a try which re-instated belief amongst the visitors’ ranks.
After Cirencester converted a penalty, Sodbury hit back with a try from Jake Lewis, taking a perfect pass to dive in for the try which was improved by Cook.
Sodbury seemed to ease off a little and were forced into a period of defensive duties before scoring again and securing the bonus point. The try started with a Cirencester over-throw at a lineout on halfway, with Edgar picking up and making a 30-metre incursion. Bradley found Ben Pullen on his wing who scored in the corner.