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Your News Cheltenham Saracens 2XV 5 - Minchinhampton Rams 12

Archie Campbell, though only 14 months old, presided over this convincing Rams win from the touch-line, inspiring Dad Stuart, after some strong running, to stretch over the opening try. Half a banana later, Saracens drew level, aided by some soft tackling and good running. A quickly-taken penalty by man-of-the-match French yielded a second Minch try, converted by Goodchild, who kicked well throughout.

Saracens rallied gamely in the second-half, but Minch really should have put the game to bed. It was no coincidence when Archies stoicism gave way to tears as Minch kept driving for the line when it cried out for a pass out wide. But like Saracens, Archie had to concede that the excellent Minch forwards were an unstoppable unit. They hunted in pairs, Evans and Maller dominant in scrums, French and Anderson forceful in mauls, Wooldridge and Moore combining well in lineouts; Featherstone and Niven strong in the loose. Minch backs played well too (without much ball), especially centres Wagner and Campbell, the former almost scoring with an interception. Captain Fisher, a ninth forward at scrum-half, was beaming by the end, as was Archie. It was a game played in good spirit and Saracens were impeccable hosts, providing comfortably the best post-match meal of the season so far in their recently completed bar and clubhouse.

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