Stroud Bite Off More Than They Can Chew
By joshua stratton
Stroud fought bravely but eventually had to concede to a powerful Somerset side.
Stroud fought bravely but eventually had to concede to a powerful Somerset side. Stroud won an equal amount of ball through the efforts of their pack at set pieces and at the breakdown but Chew were able to put their possession to better use and some of their attack and counterattack moves were breathtaking writes Sean Moore. Chew’s fullback was the game’s outstanding player, seemingly able to make fifty or sixty metres every time the ball came to him.
A Sam Hester penalty goal opened the scoring, 3-0. This followed good running from Carl Ranscombe at full back and Joe Hoyle at scrum half. Chew replied with a try from their strong winger who barrelled his way through two tackles to go over in the corner, 3-5. Stroud briefly regained the lead with another Hester penalty, 6-5. This was after Sam Leworthy had set up the position with a strong run through the centre but Chew quickly regained the lead with a penalty, 6-8.
The Stroud pack were slowly getting the measure of their opponents and forceful runs by their impact players gave cause for hope but their efforts were dashed when some porous tackling led to another converted try by Chew, 6-15. Kurtis Herbert came on and was prominent with his strong, direct running but, although camped on the line, Stroud were unable to gain a touchdown. Ollie Smith came on to bolster the Stroud cause and several scrums were won against the head. Stroud opted for scrums instead of kicks at goal but this did not result in any score. Chew, having weathered the storm, scored two quick tries to give them a comfortable lead of 6-27.
Stroud gained a well-deserved consolation try by Kurtis Herbert to bring the final score to 11-27.
Overall, Stroud can be very pleased with their form since Christmas: the pack play with cohesion and power and out wide they have the firepower and pace to threaten most opposition.