Smiths maintain winning start to their season

Smiths Rugby travelled to Bream RFC and came away with their 3rd bonus point win of the season with a 30-3 victory.

Smiths were below par in a first half, partly due to Bream’s strong defence, but scrum pressure kept them on the front foot. Smiths played much of the first 40 minutes in the Bream half but struggled to keep the ball long enough to really test the home side. Two penalties from the boot of fly half Will Pritchett and one to Bream left Smiths up 6-3 at the break.

The second half started badly for Smiths, losing a second row to the sin bin but were let off with a couple of Bream penalties drifting wide of the posts. Smiths did well not to concede during the 10 minutes with 14 men and soon were a man to the good themselves with the Bream tight head aiming a headbutt at his opposite prop right in front of the referee. A red card was the only option for the official and Bream were left with 30 minutes to play with 14 men.

Once back to up to 15 themselves, Smiths found more space, making progress with strong forward carries and kicks into the opposition 22. Tries from Chris Mellon, John Bryant, Jacob Lake and Ben Hawker gave them the 5 league points but Smiths were still disappointed with their display.

Smiths 2nd XV also played away, their opponents were Ross on Wye 2nds and they came home with a 15-15 draw.