Sodbury conquer the Hill

February 28 2017

It’s a long but picturesque track to the plateau of Berry Hill Mountain and, once there, your team can expect to be put through the wringer. The league table tells that Sodbury have the meanest defence and during this encounter they were forced to prove it.

Berry Hill 3
Chipping Sodbury 52

 

Report by Phil Player

 

It’s a long but picturesque track to the plateau of Berry Hill Mountain and, once there, your team can expect to be put through the wringer. The league table tells that Sodbury have the meanest defence and during this encounter they were forced to prove it. 

At the break, Sodbury were 14-3 up but had made only three visits to Berry Hill's 22, although two of these visits yielded points.

The first try started at a lineout out on the right, and the ball travelled through four sets of hands before finding teenager Luke Butters, who scored the try.

After half an hour, skipper Peter Butcher turned down an easy three-pointer, going for touch instead. From the resulting line-out and drive, Duncan Bell burst over for a try. 

The first of six second half tries started with a lineout drive 30m from the Hill line. When the ball was released Bradley slipped through gaps for his first try.

 Sodbury were now controlling possession and territory and introduced Luke Balentine-Smith and Tom Cawston to the fray. It was Cawston, not known for his pace or stamina, who turned the form book on its head to outstrip the cover for a spectacular try.

From the restart, Bradley ran 60 meters to bag his brace. Despite a score of 33-3 as the game crept into the final quarter, Berry Hill kept their heads up and forced Sodbury to defend. 

But with Bradley, Pullen and Jon Cook prowling around in midfield, their task was an uphill one. On a rare visit to Sods' 22 the ball was turned over. Tom Farthing seized the opportunity and broke free; in close support were Butcher and Bradley, who also made good ground until the Man of the Match Butters cruised into passing range to score a second try. 

Butcher scored next and as the game entered the final minutes the home side conceded a penalty.  Pullen tapped the ball and went himself, scoring to bring up 50 points and it was left to the educated boot of Bradley to improve it; in doing so he took his personal haul for the game to 22 points.

Photo: John Brookes