Frampton secure last gasp winner
Frampton secure last gasp winner
Gloucester Old Boys 24 - Frampton Cotterell 29
Despite being in bottom place in the league, the Old Boys’ recent results suggested an improvement in both form and performance.
On a grey, but dry, autumnal afternoon, Frampton started the game at pace and with an intent to move the ball around. It wasn’t long before 2nd team captain Sam Rumley, playing a rare game for the 1st team, finished off a series of drives by the forwards by crashing over half way out on the right with several defenders hanging on to him. Lewis Oakley wasn’t able to add the conversion.
Frampton made a mess of the restart by dropping the ball. This is becoming an Achilles heel for the team. Good work in scoring points is often undone by not securing the ball from the restart. As a result, it wasn’t long before the Old Boys had taken play to Frampton’s 22 where they were awarded a penalty which they duly kicked from near the posts.
From the restart, the Old Boys came right back at Frampton. Two very poor attempted and missed tackles allowed the home side back into the Frampton 22. The Old Boys quickly scored a converted try to take a 10-5 lead.
Frampton were not playing well, with the scrum under immense pressure from the home team. But Frampton kept playing attacking rugby and eventually quick hands put winger Henry Hayett in at the right corner with a smart finish. The conversion was missed, to leave the scores level.
Frampton again made a mess of the restart which gifted the home side both possession and territory. The home side swept into Frampton’s 22 and quickly scored a second converted try to take the lead at 17-10.
Frampton’s problems persisted by frequently either not securing their set piece or by turning over possession in the loose. Frampton did however score their third try when, after winning the ball in midfield, they quickly moving the ball to centre Kobie McGlashan, who goose stepped past his opposite number to make a fabulous outside break and run in from 45 metres. Lewis Oakley converted to make the score 17 all.
Frampton did have the opportunity to take the lead again before half time, but chose to kick for the corner from a penalty rather than taking the relatively simple three points on offer.
Frampton started the second half strongly, but the Old Boys fought their way back up the field and after a series of controlled drives, the referee was quick to award a penalty try after Frampton had illegally stopped a rolling maul. 24-17 to Gloucester Old Boys.
The referee awarded a succession of penalties to the home team and after 60 minutes, the referee yellow carded captain Josh Creed for a neck high tackle. But it was Frampton who responded best to resist the home team who could not score.
Frampton centre Russ Taylor made a good half break, passed the ball to winger Callum Bleakman who made an excellent run down the left hand touchline. He lobbed an overhead pass to full back Tom Curnock who threw an outrageous dummy to score a fantastic team try. Lewis Oakley converted to bring the scores level at 24 all.
With ten minutes to go, Josh Creed returned to the fray from the sin bin, and with fifteen men back on the field Frampton should have been confident of winning the game. However, they weren’t able to put away a dogged Old Boys team. With two minutes remaining on the clock, Frampton did win some clean ball in midfield on the half way line. The ball was passed to fly half Lewis Oakley, who used all of his pace to make an outside break to run in from 50 metres and score in the corner. He couldn’t convert his own try, but Frampton secured a 29-24 win.