Sat 08
1st XV
58
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22
League
Bredon Star
Sluggish start, powerful finish, bonus point, job done

Sluggish start, powerful finish, bonus point, job done

By Ryan Barnett
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Ants maintain lead at top of league


With Bredon 8th in the league and nothing much riding on the game it could be expected they wouldn't fancy a trip to the team sitting on top of the league, however that couldn't have been further from the truth as they started the game at pace and with Spartans taking time to get into their stride the visitors were into a 10-0 lead with a converted try and penalty. In addition to this Spartans Nick Rhodes was sin binned for a late tackle and Bredon sensed an unlikely opportunity.

Eventually Spartans found there stride and scored a number of well taken tries to take a lead into the break. Half back partners Shane Gardiner and Tom Broady gradually increased the tempo of their attack play and Bredon struggled to live with the pace.

The 2nd half was much the same, with the introduction of Luke Foran giving the hosts further impetuous going forward. A lot of credit must go to Star who continued to battle and scored a couple of well taken tries themselves, however Spartans ran in 9 tries in total to ensure a bonus point win. Paddy Knight helped himself to another 4, taking his season tally to 37 and there were also tried for Shane Gardiner, Luke Foran, Jordan Fowke, Tom Broady and Ashley Lewis who also kicked a penalty and 6 conversions.

On Tuesday Spartans host Coney Hill in the North Gloucester Combination Senior Cup. Hill are currently two leagues above Spartans so the Ants go into the game as underdogs but will be confident of putting up a good show. On Wednesday the 2nd XV face a tough challenge away at Old Centralians whilst the mighty 3rds host Hardwicke & Quedgeley Harlequins on Thursday.

Following this the biggest game of season on Easter Saturday sees the Ants host Old Whitgiftians from Surrey, with the winners advancing to the final of the National Junior Vase at Twickenham!

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Match details

Match date

Sat 08, Apr 2017

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

13:30

Attendance

60

Competition

Gloucester 1

League position

1
Spartans (Gloucester)
7
Bredon Star