Size isn't everything when Smallman bags a brace
CHELTENHAM SARAS 27 CHIPPING SODBURY 10
TWO-TRY wing Wayne Smallman helped Saracens show Chipping Sodbury's monstrous pack that size isn't everything.
The prolific finisher plundered his 13th and 14th scores of the season to help Sarries turn a slender win into a bonus-point triumph.
Boisterous Sodbury pitched up in Cheltenham brimming with the confidence of five-straight league wins.
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Saracens were desperate to keep their Gloucester One promotion dreams alive though – and quickly set about subduing their hefty opponents.
Danny Burnham and Jack Lawrenson claimed first-half tries to set Saracens fair, with Brad Harris' conversion and penalty leaving the hosts 15-0 ahead at the break.
Burnham's try was the product of ingenuity over sheer bulk.
Sarries smashed Sodbury at the scrum, making light of the visitors' weight advantage.
The hosts then bludgeoned 15-plus phases in the opposition 22, before Burnham bulldozed home for his second try of the season.
Harris then set Sam Rimmer away, scything through the defence, who in turn fed Lawrenson, for the game's second score.
Harris added the solitary penalty goal, and so the scores then stayed until the break.
But Chipping Sodbury then turned the game on its head after half-time by plundering two quick tries at the start of the second half.
Just as the pressure started to tell though, Harris deftly chipped the line – and Smallman raced home.
With ten minutes left Saracens went looking for the bonus point.
And who else but Smallman would find it.
His second try of the match was the last move of the game – and sparked pandemonium on the sidelines.