Bath Saracens visited Chippenham and came away with all 5 points after turning around a hefty first half deficit.
The first half saw the visitors playing up the slope and into a strong breeze. The hosts took full advantage and using their formidable pack they kept their opponents under constant pressure deep in their own half. This pressure saw Chippenham score three early tries, before Sarries hit back with a try of their own. The hosts continued to press and crossed for their fourth try shortly before half time, and that saw them turn around with a 22-5 lead at the break.
The 2nd half was an entirely different story. The visitors now found them self playing with the wind and slope, and with a one man advantage due to a yellow card for the hosts it didn’t take long for them to press home the advantage. 3 tries in quick succession saw them take the lead before Chippenham had their numbers restored. The hosts continued to assert their dominance up front, however the Sarries defence that has been excellent in recent weeks held firm, and there were no further scores before the final quarter.
On the hour play was held up when a Chippenham player suffered a neck injury. An ambulance was called and there was a lengthy delay before play was able to restart. When the game eventually got underway again, it was Sarries who were able to get into their stride the quickest. They added 3 further tries to close out the game and secure all five points with their third successive win.
Sarries try scorers were; Matt Tomes-Smith (2), Todd Jones, Elis Jenkins, Alex Caffreys-Gage, Jamie Navarette, and Danny Hawkins. Jones added 3 conversions. Man of the Match was awarded to Navarette for his impressive work rate at flanker.
This Saturday sees Combe Down make the short journey to visit Saracens at the Sulis Club.