Strong start to the season for Frampton
FRAMPTON Cotterell Rugby Club have made a strong start to the season, having won four and drawn one of their league matches.
The club are also in the quarter finals of the county intermediate vase, after being awarded a walkover against Ross-on-Wye, whom they had beaten 31-10 in September’s league match.
The latest victory was a 16-10 home win against Berry Hill. Scott and Knight provided the tries, with penalties from Lewis Oakley securing the points.
October also saw Frampton wrap up a convincing away win at Whitehall.
Frampton started well and Lewis Oakley outpaced the home defence to run in a try which he converted.
Undeterred, Whitehall came back at Frampton using their forwards to score a converted try at the posts.
Frampton began to get more of a foothold in the game and scored two unconverted tries before half time through winger Morgan Lewis and No.8 Harry Blakes. Half time saw Frampton leading 17-7.
Frampton started the second half well, but were put on to the back foot when prop Ali Scott was shown a yellow card for a no arms tackle. Four minutes later, flanker Zak Smith was also sent to the sin bin for a late tackle. Frampton dug in and Whitehall were not able take advantage. But, with Frampton back up to 14 men, Whitehall scored an unconverted try with a driving maul following a line out.
With Frampton back up to full strength, centre Morgan Stiles made a break in midfield. Lewis Oakley supported well on the outside to run in a converted try at the posts to secure a try scoring bonus point in a 24-12 win.
Frampton's most crushing win was over local rivals St Mary's Old Boys, who were hammered 52-0 at the 'Stade de Fram' in the second game of the season.
Leading 14-0 at half-time, thanks to two very good long range tries by Russ Taylor and Harry Blakes, Frampton made light of playing into the wind with two very quick tries within the first five minutes of the half through Brandon Ball and Tom Bowen-Hall, to give them an early bonus point.
Frampton went on to dominate both territory and possession throughout the second half, after one of St Mary's backs had to retire injured, and scored a further four tries through Bandon Ball (x2), Morgan Stiles and Lewis Oakley. Lewis converted two of these tries.
The 2nd team are finding life more difficult this year having been promoted at the end of last season. They opened the campaign with a win against Longlevens, but with most of the fixtures being against clubs whose 1st teams play at a higher level than Frampton, they are having to dig deep each week to find their second victory.
The 3rd team are fulfilling their fixtures, which is very good going considering that some clubs struggle to put out two teams at times. They had a fine league win away at Cleeve, and then a combined 2nd and 3rd team won again at Cleeve in a friendly fixture.