RUGBY: Cheltenham 30 Devizes 22
5:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Latest Sport News
A FOUR-TRY bonus point proved little consolation for Devizes, who were left to rue their own indiscipline in Gloucestershire.
The visitors started with confidence, with some strong carrying by the pack and excellent tactical kicking by scrum-half Tom Collins and fly-half Andy Thompson pinning the home side back.
The pressure told when another pack drive helped send the backs away and full-back Luke Rapson scored out wide.
The Saddlebacks extended their lead with the best try of the game after a loose Cheltenham kick was pounced upon by Jorge Wadman and Rapson offloaded to Julian Taylor to bag his second try of the season.
Cheltenham hit back with two tries of their own and two penalties put them in front at the break, Thompson missing a penalty attempt with the final kick of the half.
Devizes’ failure to adapt to the interpretations of the referee proved a frustration in the second period, as two further Cheltenham penalties extended their advantage.
Fine running from Rapson and Wadman almost brought another try, only for the score to be ruled out for a double movement.
Eventually Collins managed to score from close range after a penalty which led to the sin binning of one of a Cheltenham flanker.
And the bonus point score arrived after a good catch and drive off a lineout allowed Taylor to bag his second, Thompson kicking the conversion.
But further infringements allowed the Cheltenham full back to kick a further two penalties which pushed the home side clear to victory.
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