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Stroud Rugby
Dursley
Sat 25 Apr 15:30 - Cup Full time

Stroud miss out on double

Stroud perhaps a little jaded following their league triumph the previous week lose to Dursley in the Combination Cup Final writes Sean Moore.

After an earlier penalty Dursley won unlimited possession for a period of some ten minutes and deservedly scored a converted try in the corner following prolonged pressure, 0-8. Pete Sykes kicked a good penalty goal but this was matched shortly afterwards by yet another Dursley effort, 3-11.

Stroud were finding it difficult to cope with the forceful Dursley running and only a great tackle by Dan Gordon stopped a try under the posts. Shortly afterwards Dursley recycled the ball and their winger found acres of space to score in the corner, 3-16. Stroud gradually began to realise the importance of the occasion and a long pass from Dan Gordon found winger Sam Leworthy who ran in his inimitable style, beating off three would-be tacklers to score in the corner, 8-16.

After the interval Stroud continued to attack and Harry Foote made a long mid-field break which led to his co-centre, Lex Brookes, running hard for thirty metres to score half way out. Pete Sykes converted bringing the score to 15-16 and the game seemed finely balanced. However renewed Dursley forward pressure brought them a try under the posts, 15-23.

The game then became very scrappy with yellow cards being issued to both sides like vouchers in a January sale. Dursley managed to slow the game down using a variety of tactics and were very happy to kick a final penalty goal to put the score beyond Stroud in the short time remaining, 15-26.

All credit to Dursley for their non-stop aggression and their delight at the victory was very clear to see. A somewhat disappointing end to a highly successful season for Stroud but it was good to see the injured Josh Stratton back on the sidelines watching a game which he would have enjoyed playing in.

Photo Stroud Rugby - No way through for Stroud's Peter Sykes this time

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