Old Cents at last moved out the bottom three of the league following a hard fought win over bottom club Chippenham at the weekend. Cents moved above Newton Abbot because they have won more matches as the clubs are level on points at the moment.
The last time Chippenham came up to Gloucester two seasons ago they lost a narrow match 41-36 and with the encounter between the two sides earlier in the season being a close run thing,the home side knew they would be in for a hard game.
For the first 15 minutes Chippenham looked the better side as they had most of the ball and territory because Cents turned over a lot of ball early in the match and the away side took the game to their hosts. Cents struggled in the lineout against a big pack but more than held their own in the tight and their defence was too solid for Chippenham to take advantage of all the possession they had.Once Cents managed to string some passes together they were a different side and it was their turn to take the game to Chippenham.
Cents had a few near misses before they made the break through and by half time they had built up a 14-0 score line when they scored two converted tries through hooker Nathan Stroud and winger Sam Smith.Both tries were converted by Alex Caviezel Cox and playing down the slope Cents were expected to go on to an easy win.
The second half was much better for Cents as they got far more ball but still had to be on their guard because Chippenham still wanted to play rugby and not give in.To their credit they kept the ball alive and looked to attack from everywhere but Cents had a far better cutting edge in attack and went on to score three more tries to give them that all important winning try bonus point.Cent scored further tries through Liam Hemming,Richard Webster and Sam Smith's second.One of the tries was converted by Liam Hemming to complete the home sides 31-0 victory.
This was a hard fought victory by the home side who performed well in the scum and worked hard in the loose against a big Chippenham side.Cents defence was very good and they looked sharp in attack once they got over their poor handling in the first 15 minutes of the match.Cents now turn to next week's re-arranged home match against Old Reds at home and at the moment anything thing can happen, the away side will need to not take Old Cents for granted as they have a far different side to the one that lost a close match away from home earlier in the season. Cents have a new confidence about them and can have a big say in the promotion battle as the top sides will not be looking forward to an easy match at the Stade de Bridge.