Sodbury leapfrog Barts into third place

March 27 2017

Sodbury started this game in the knowledge that beating Barts would elevate them to third place in the league at the expense of the visitors. The opening exchanges went the way of the visitors and the Sods were forced to show their mettle in defence. The game shifted in Sodbury's favour on five minutes when their muscular pack drove Barts back 10 m at a scrum on the 22.

Chipping Sodbury 41
Barts Rugby 19. 

Sodbury started this game in the knowledge that beating Barts would elevate them to third place in the league at the expense of the visitors. The opening exchanges went the way of the visitors and the Sods were forced to show their mettle in defence. The game shifted in Sodbury's favour on five minutes when their muscular pack drove Barts back 10 m at a scrum on the 22. 

The ball then went quickly left where it found Joe Horton who straightened up the attack and passed to James Bennett who appeared from fullback to score the opening try. 

Three minutes later play was brought back with Chipping Sodbury playing under a penalty advantage. Captain Pete Butcher ignored an easy kick at goal and took the penalty to himself and headed for the line.  Matt Cook pounced on the ruck ball and burst over 

On 15 minutes Sodbury’s newest pine tree, Alan Keeping, rose high at a lineout on the 22. Butcher broke away from the ruck but was held up over the line. Horton was sent crashing through the Barts line following the 5m scrum only to be stripped of the ball. 

Hooker Dave Guest charged at the kicker and forced them into a mistake. The ball missed touch and dropped into the hands of Dan Bradley who scored his first try of three.

Barts recovered and scored a try of their own, but with the break approaching the Sods had a 5m scrum. The ball went through two phases before being popped up to Horton who went in beneath the posts with four men hanging off him. 

The second half was notable for the way Lee Ralph dominated and led the forward defensive effort. After just five minutes a penalty was awarded to Sodbury for offside in front of the posts. The penalty was taken quickly and Bradley scored try number two. 

 Sodbury conceded again as Barts kept at them to score their second, but Pullen was on hand to score his second at the other end. 

The home side struck for a final time. From a scrum 10m out the ball went left, some intricate handling saw it back in the hands of Bradley who completed his hat-trick and a personal haul of 21 points.

The final word went to Barts when their scrum half scampered in for a try on the whistle.