Tetbury RFC 29pts - Stroud Nomads 31pts
This semi-final was an enthralling game from start to finish with the final score in doubt until the last kick of the match. Nomads were soon into their stride and scored their first try from a lineout and driving maul with wing forward Mark Phillips being driven over the try line. With the slope in Stroud's favour a good handling movement from the threequarters led to the second try with the forwards winning loose ball and driving to the try line with prop Lee Geddis coming up with the ball, converted by fly half Mark Peer.
This stung Tetbury into action and their big forwards soon mad inroads into the Stroud 22 where from a penalty award their prop barged over for a try. With Nomads losing their way and unable to keep possession Tetbury were soon on level terms when their strong running centre cut through some weak tackling to score an excellent try at the posts which was converted.
Stroud then came back strongly with the backs now coming more into the game and from a good handling movement in which wing Chris Toon made some 40yards before being hauled down near the posts, good recycling of the ball allowed wing Sam Strange to make a strong run down the opposite wing shaking off several tacklers to score in the corner.
Tetbury were soon back on the attack and several good forward rushes resulted in Stroud giving away a penalty infront of their posts which was duly kicked.
The second half was almost a replay of the first with play being end to end with first Nomads applying pressure and then Tetbury making the most of any mistakes made by their visitors. Stroud were first to score after substitute full back Jake Marsh made a good break in midfield caught a kick ahead and swept past the Tetbury defence to score the fourth try, again converted.
Not to be out done Tetbury kicked downfield and although their forwards were held up near the try line, a quick passing movement with their threequarters led to the wing scoring unapposed, the try being converted.
Back came Nomads and once again good driving play by the forwards gave replacement prop Adrian Polytkrus the chance to crash over the line, again converted by Mark Peer. Further intense pressure on the Stroud try line by Tetbury was repelled, but a good deep run by the excellent Tetbury centre was rewarded with a try under the posts, again converted.
With time now running out and play on the halfway line, Nomads were penalised just inside their half, with last kick of the game the Tetbury flyhalf was given the opportunity to win the match for them, it was not to be and Nomads were the victors of a nailbiting and thoroughly enjoyable game.
13th May Stroud Nomads v Fairford RFC in the final at Cirencester RFC ground ko 3pm
Updated 18:51 - 22 May 2017 by joshua stratton