Brockworth 17 Bream 17
BREAM winger Ahmed Sarfaraz signed off with a try as the Gloucester One leaders snatched a late draw.
Sarfaraz is returning to India after brief season saw him score six tries.
Injury-hit Bream made a slow start and almost paid the price. They were stuck in their own half for the opening 15 minutes and were fortunate that the home side only slotted one of two penalties.
Bream rallied and winger Nick Hook was denied a try from a good cover tackle by his opposite winger. Back came Brockworth and although they missed another penalty chance they soon made amends with a well-taken converted try to take a 10-point lead at half time.
In the second half Bream came out with more purpose.
A well-placed kick from fly-half Lance Evans found Sarfaraz. He gathered the ball and ran in an excellent try .
Bream’s game-plan was to run everything but it got them into trouble when the ball was dropped inside their own 22. Brockworth seized the chance and ran in a try under the posts. The conversion gave them a 17-5 lead.
Bream’s rolling sub Andrew Walker was kept busy as the injuries came thick and fast but was always up to the task with some good carries.
Despite the 12-point deficit Bream were beginning to create havoc inside the Brockworth 22.
Bream turned down a couple of penalties to go for the positional set-pieces and they were rewarded for their bravery. From a lineout, Bream’s powerful forwards created the chance for back row Andrew Cooper to score.
Bream were then unlucky not to get a penalty try as the Brockworth defence began to crumble. With collapsed scrums and pulling down the rolling mauls, the referee dished out four yellow cards to Brockworth players. With the clock ticking down Bream scrum-half Zowie Preest spotted a gap and ran in for a good try wide out.The conversion was missed and Bream had to settle for a draw.