Romans Reach Semi-Final in West of England 9’s 2016

Bath & Wiltshire Romans enjoyed a day out at the West of England 9’s on Saturday 7th May in Swindon reaching the semi-final before going down 24-22 to Cheltenham with a missed conversions being the only difference between the two sides.

Chris Chatten, Chairman, commented “the club gave another good performance in this competition after getting to the final last year and it was good to give some of our new players a run out playing some very entertaining rugby”

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Mike Perry on the burst against Southampton Spitfire

Teams were split into two group pools with the following teams taking part Southampton Spitfires, Gloucestershire Warriors, Bristol Sonics, Swindon St. George, Oxford Cavaliers, Cheltenham Phoenix, an RL Barbarians side (a mix of players from other clubs but mainly Swindon St. George), along with the Romans.

Beating Gloucestershire Warriors and Southampton Spitfires comfortably in the group stage the Romans became unstuck against the eventual winners Oxford Cavaliers; going down 22-0. However the two wins were enough to see them through to the last four where they faced Cheltenham Phoenix, losing 22-24 in a close encounter. Cheltenham then went on to play Oxford in the final, with Oxford winning 18-12.

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Ryan Collins-Thomas attempting to break through in the semi-final against Cheltenham

The Romans are based at Corsham Rugby Union Club, Lacock Road, Corsham and are keen to welcome new players 16+ of all abilities to training currently on Wednesday evenings from 7pm. The club are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to sponsor the club in 2016 and have packages available for all budgets. The first home league fixture of the season is on Saturday 21st May 2.30pm KO against US Portsmouth Navy Seahawks.

For further information and updates:
Chris Chatten, Chairman Tel: 07810 552196

Twitter: @RomansRLFC

Match stats:
Group games

Bath & Wiltshire Romans 28 V Gloucestershire Warriors 18
Tries: Ben Brierley 3, Josh Brierley, Jimmy Godfrey
Bath & Wiltshire Romans 22 v Southampton Spitfires 12
Tries: Ben Brierley 2, Josh Brierley, Tom Culshaw
Bath & Wiltshire Romans 0 v Oxford Cavaliers 22
Semi-final
Bath & Wiltshire Romans 22 v Cheltenham Phoenix 24
Tries: Josh Brierley, Tom Culshaw, Mike Perry, Tom Plance
Final
Oxford beat Cheltenham 18-12.

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