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RUGBY UNION - Stratford-upon-Avon finish season with Cheltenham win

Stratford Editorial 10th Apr, 2024 Updated: 11th Apr, 2024   0

STRATFORD-upon-Avon RFC finished the season with a 25-19 bonus point win against Cheltenham.

Tries from Jack Young, Gwilym Davies, Gus Wightman, Tony Yates and Tom Houlahan endsured Stratford ended the Regional 2 Midlands West campaign in sixth place.

Stratford made a strong start as Young cut inside from his wing to dot down in the corner after good work from Charlie Powell on the opposite flank.

And the home side doubled their lead when Young drew in a number of Cheltenham defenders before offloading to Davies who touched down.

However, Stratford lost Nathan Geekie to the sin bin soon after and Cheltenham made the most of the man advantage to score a converted try.

Cheltenham completed the turnaround in the second half with an unconverted try in the left corner only for Stratford to dominate the next 20 minutes as Wightman collected James Walton’s offload to score.

And Stratford stretched their lead when Geekie produced a superb 50-22 kick and the home side won a five-metre scrum from which Yates dotted down in the corner.

The hosts crossed again to seal the win as Houlahan crashed over following several phases before Cheltenham completed the scoring with a converted try.

Elsewhere, the club’s second team lost 31-24 against Cheltenham Tigers as the visitors fielded a mix of second team and veteran players.

The teams agreed to play a free-flowing game of 12-a-side as Stratford took an early lead while Toby Tuszynski, Rory Webb and Max Orton-Morris made punishing tackles.

However, the conditions favoured the Tigers in the second half and, despite the calm heads of Jack Theidossiades and Sam Drew, Cheltenham took advantage of a loose ball in the final minute to win the game at the death.

A mixture of Stratford and Claverdon Colts secured a convincing 31-17 away win at Harbury as Sam Morris starred with some determined tackling and quality running.

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