Frampton claim bonus point in away win
Ross-on-Wye 10 – 31 Frampton Cotterell
FRAMPTON claimed their first win of the season on the road as they overcame Ross-on-Wye.
The weather was more suited to cricket than rugby and Ross started the stronger of the two teams, putting Frampton under a great deal of pressure for the first twenty minutes.
The visitors weathered the storm and took the lead with a long-range penalty by Lewis Oakley. Ross lost a prop to the sin bin for persistent infringement and from a scrum five metres out, Frampton released the backs and Oakley sliced through the home defence to score a try, which he then converted.
Despite some concerted pressure from Ross-on-Wye, Frampton were next to score, Isaac Stell out-pacing the defenders to run in a fine try from fifty metres. Half time arrived shortly afterwards, with Frampton leading 17-0.
The second half started much the same as the first, with Ross forcing Frampton to defend for long periods. Frampton eventually got control of the ball to make their way upfield for inside centre Morgan Stiles to score a try at the posts. Ross came back at Frampton and after another period of sustained pressure they scored an unconverted try in the corner.
Frampton went looking for the bonus point and following a series of drives for the line, Frampton were rewarded when No 8 Harry Blakes split the defence to run in under the posts.
From the kick off Ross scored their second unconverted try of the afternoon, to leave the final score 31-10.
The week before, Frampton opened the season with a draw at home. Old Richians held them 20-20 to share the points. The newly promoted 2nd team had a fine 31-25 home win against Longlevens 2nd team. The third team lost to a very strong Aretians team, and the Colts team lost to North Petherton Colts.
Frampton's Colts side, pictured above, has welcomed a new coach.
Nigel Smith has previously coached Newport Dragons.