Sodbury Turn On The Style
Old Richians 7 - 63 Chipping Sodbury
Old Richians has never been a happy hunting ground for Chipping Sodbury so they certainly didn’t expect to pile up so many points in their first victory on the road this season.
The opening minutes were fairly even as the two teams felt their way into the game, but on 15 minutes the game really lit up. From their own lineout on halfway, the Richians backs dropped the ball and compact openside Avent scooped it up without slowing. M.Cook and Cole smashed through two rucks and the quick ball was moved left and into the hands of the peerless J.Cook. From 40m he broke the line and swerved infield for a breathtaking try.
M.Cook then claimed the ball from a lineout on Sodbury’s own 10m line, and from the maul the ball found Cole. One ruck later, J.Cook who demonstrated his acceleration and streaked in from 35 metres.
From the restart deep in their own half the ball found J.Cook on halfway; he cut infield past five defenders, straightened up, and touched down beneath the posts for a hat-trick of tries that had taken just 7 minutes to complete.
The scoring continued, with Avent scooting in for a try which gave the bonus point.
In the remaining 15 minutes of the half, the game became rather loose, with a period of aerial ping-pong and some hard rucking, but five minutes into the second half, fullback Dan Bradley broke two tackles on his way to the line for a first phase try.
The next try for Sodbury was scored by burly wing Dom Pullen who ate up 25m to score. He scored again shortly after when Sodbury were left with a three-on-two.
Scrum-half Tom Head scored a standout solo try, chasing his own box-kick from a ruck and collecting it after one bounce before touching down.
Richians managed a try of their own on the half hour as they skilfully rumbled forward with the pack. Eventually Sodbury ran out of members after repelling eight drives for the line.
Sodbury still had one more try in them before the whistle went. It was scored by Pullen, who registered the game’s second hat-trick.
Jon Cook converted all nine tries and walked away with a personal haul of 33 points.