Rugby season is over for Frampton Cotterell

March 31 2020
Rugby season is over for Frampton Cotterell

THANKS to the combined impact of storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge, Frampton’s 1st team didn’t play a single match in February.

Having not played for six weeks, Frampton were then tasked with playing three tricky matches in a week. It was somewhat unfortunate that the first match after this winter break was against runaway league leaders Chosen Hill. Frampton competed well for periods of the match, but they couldn’t match their visitors’ organisation and ability to score points when an opportunity presented itself.

This was followed by a midweek away semi-final in the Bristol Combination Vase against Imperial. The match was played under floodlights at Bristol Harlequins’ ground in Brislington. Frampton were soundly defeated by a much heavier and more experienced side, who were able to use the awful conditions to their advantage.

The third and last of these three matches was played against Cheltenham North in a home league fixture. North are one of the form teams in the league, and they blew Frampton away with a fine display of power and pace with which the young Frampton side struggled to compete.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the RFU has now suspended all rugby – both at a professional and at a community level – until April 14. This includes all matches and all training. In reality, this effectively means the end of the current season for all of those clubs not playing at a professional level. It will be interesting to see how promotion and relegation will be sorted out.

The 2nd team’s fixtures were badly affected by the weather and no games were played in February. Their only recent fixture was a narrow 22-19 defeat away to local rivals Thornbury on the first weekend of March. Currently they lie in seventh place in their league, many of whose clubs’ first teams play at a much higher level than Frampton.

With no league matches being played, the 3rds managed to fit in a couple of friendly matches to keep their competitive and post-match juices flowing before the sport was suspended.

Somehow the Colts team managed to buck the trend and actually played some rugby. They suffered a narrow defeat in a friendly match on the dark side away at Caerleon, but they did manage splendid away victories in the league at Nailsea & Backwell and at Wellington.

 

Andrew Westcott