Frampton can learn from first defeat of season
FRAMPTON'S first team enjoyed a successful start to the season and were unbeaten, with five wins and a draw, heading in to their toughest challenge of the season so far.
And while the scoreline of 47-0 suggests a good thumping at the hands of undefeated leaders Chosen Hill Former Pupils, these facts don’t tell the full story of the match. The reality was that for long periods of the game Frampton competed well and played some very good rugby but could not find a way through the home defence. Any Frampton errors were ruthlessly punished by Chosen Hill, who were very clinical in taking each scoring opportunity which came their way.
Chosen Hill were relegated at the end of last season and are pulling out all of the stops to go back up again this year. It will take a very good side to defeat them and Frampton need to put this result behind them, learn from the experience, and go again.
The result meant Frampton slipped from third to fourth place in the league, having achieved hard-fought wins recently over Berry Hill (16-10) and Cheltenham Saracens (20-12).
One of the most pleasing aspects of the Frampton team is the young age of the players and that the great majority of them have come through the youth system at the club.
Frampton have progressed to the quarter finals of the Gloucestershire Vase and to the semi-finals of the Bristol Combination Vase. All of this without playing a game. We all love a cup run! To date we don’t know when these matches will be played.
Following their promotion at the end of last season, the second team have found things tougher this year as most of their fixtures are against clubs whose first teams play in higher leagues than the Frampton first team. It should prove a good grounding for the younger players, who aren’t yet playing first team rugby. At the time of going to press Frampton lie in eighth place in the league. One notable result was a 29-all draw away at Old Centralians at the end of October.
After a sticky start to the season the third team have started to come good and sit proudly in first place in their respective league. The highlight of the season so far was a convincing 85 points to 7 defeat of Kingswood second team in early November.
What is so pleasing about Frampton third team is that there are always so many people available to play each week when so many clubs struggle to field two teams.
Frampton Vets - not where you take your sick animals, but the elder statesmen of the club - welcomed their old friends Les Vieux Loups (The Old Wolves) from the Parisis rugby club in Paris on the weekend of November 8-10.
The rugby relationship is now in its 42nd year and Frampton juniors still visit and host every May.
Two players, Mike Weaver and Phillipe Colin, played in that first encounter in 1977 and donned their boots again in a 24 -12 win for Frampton in Le Crunch game, which took place in very muddy conditions at the Stade de Fram. No doubt our French friends will be looking to win back the trophy when the Vets travel over to Paris in the autumn of 2020.
Picture: Frampton Cotterell win a lineout during their hard-fought victory over Berry Hill