Saracens too good for Amber and Blues
By Jimmy Rees
January is proving to be a difficult month for the 2nds as they still search for their first win of 2019.
Warminster 2nds played host to Bath Saracens on Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways after their loss last weekend to Combe Down. Unfortunately, they came up against a much improved, and much better organised team than they faced in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and went down by 12-49.
In difficult conditions both teams started cagily, but it wasn't long before the visitors found gaping holes in the Warminster defensive line. Three or for times they made breaks and ploughed upfield, but through a combination of good scrambling defence, poor option taking by Saracens close to the line and a good degree of luck, the Bath outfit came away with nothing.
This situatIon couldn't go on indefinitely however and 25 minutes in the visitiors did cross the Warminster line as the home team simply ran out of numbers. A good kick added the extras.
Warminster then showed quality by dragging themselves into the came. They created some good phase play off a solid scrum and made it into the Saracens twenty two. After a couple of solid drives left and right, back row, Fraser Sharpe crashed over to get Warminster on the board. Eddie Read couldn't add the extras.
Saracens didn't wait till half time to hit back however and halted the home sides renaissance with another converted try, going into the break 14-5.
The Warminster huddle was a tight one in the interval, but Warminster's hopes of gaining a foothold were dealt a cruel blow by 2 quick unanswered scores immediately after the restart. Both were converted and the deficit increased to 5-28.
Again though this triggered the best period of play by the home side and they more than matched the opposition for more than 20 mins. Some passages of play during this period were really good and the best flowing move, passing through many pairs of hands on multiple phases, ended up with flanker Jake Havery stretching to dot the ball down close to the posts. Fly half Ed Read slotted a good kick.
That was as good as it got for the home side on the day. Saracens ran in 3 more tries in the last ten minutes to win comfortably. Overall though, a tough day at the office with some good spells, where the value of being well drilled, organised and training together reaped dividends for the opposition. It should be noted that they are a team on the up.
Squad: M Bryant, M Akers, S Blaszkiw, A Clarke, C. Chapman, J Havery, S Couch, F Sharp, D Flak, E Read, B Ryan, C Douglas, T Hawley, J Legg, D. Bagshaw-Wickett, S. Batchelor.