Frampton Cotterell RFC round-up
MARCH has been a mixed bag for Frampton Cotterell’s first team but they still sit in the top four in the Gloucestershire Premier league.
The 1sts followed the fine home victory against Widden OB reported in last month’s Voice with an emphatic 32-12 home win against bottom side Gloucester Old Boys. But that was followed by a disappointing 41-15 away loss to second-bottom Gordon League. With an abandoned game from February at Cheltenham Saracens still needing to be replayed, coach Andy Jarrett is still confident of a top-four finish and an outside chance of promotion or play-off.
Frampton 2s still sit at the top of the Glos reserve league, even though they suffered two very close defeats in March. A very strong Avonmouth team beat Fram 5-3 away, although that meant a great losing bonus point. Fram then suffered a very disappointing 18-17 loss at Bristol Saracens . A pivotal moment was losing prop mark Smith with a very serious eye injury.
For the 3rd Team, March 16 saw Frampton prop Pete Zaffiro play his 800th game, at home to Westbury-on-Severn VETs. It was a great milestone and fantastic achievement for a club stalwart: see the interview opposite.
Frampton’s Colts stayed at the top of the Somerset Colts League despite a narrow 24-21 defeat at third-placed Nailsea. Fram didn’t use wind and slope well enough first half but recovered with tries from Benny Burns, Matt Powell and Sam Purnell to claim a losing bonus point. The team also hosted a touring team of 30 from Bletchley and lost 32-31 in a festival of rugby, with Fram tries coming from Cameron Smith, Charlie Willis , George Pearce , Nick Prior and Charlie Proe.
In the juniors, Frampton Under-11’s took the long drive to Stow-on-the-Wold for the GRFU Festival of Rugby, just a week after attending the Gloucester Rugby Land Rover Cup in Cheltenham. Across both weekends 20 players donned the FCRFC shirt and pitted their rugby talent against some tough opposition from Gloucestershire teams, with the conditions at Stow challenging due to the arrival of Storm Freya.
All the players competed with their opponents with some big tackles being made, excellent counter rucking and great team tries, all played with beaming smiles on their faces.
Picture shows Frampton Colts in action
By Mike Weaver