Saracens' forward domination proves too much for Dursley
BRISTOL Saracens moved up a place to sixth with an excellent 30-12 Gloucester Premier victory in testing cold and blustery conditions at Dursley.
The forwards laid the foundations for victory with a patient, committed effort with lock Ed Windsor catching the eye with two second-half touchdowns.
There was also a first senior try for Tommy Edwards, who has made a successful conversion from the back row to loosehead prop, and No 8 Will Budd.
The scoring was completed by Ian Werrett who was on target with two penalties and two conversions.
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Next up for Sarries is a home date with leaders Frampton Cotterell, who marched on with a hard-earned 16-7 home defeat of Whitehall to remain ten points clear of Drybrook.
The Gloucestershire side have two games in hand and a superior points difference.
A third win in four outings lifted St Mary's out of the bottom two for the first time this season.
Liam O'Keeffe crossed for a try and also landed a conversion and three penalties in a 26-12 victory at Southmead, which also featured tries from Dan Cole and Keith Wilkinson.
Second-placed Ashley Down, meanwhile, warmed up for Saturday's home clash with Gloucester Two leaders Bream with a 29-13 home defeat of St Brendans.
Man-of-the-match Anthony Crocker finished with a hat-trick, while there was also a touchdown by Joe Coghlan, pictured, with Pat Creaven Junior booting the remaining points.
BAC secured a hugely satisfying 21-0 home triumph against Ross-on-Wye, who nicked victory with the last kick of the game when these sides last met. Rob Lawrence landed three first-half penalties for BAC, with Alex Holden scoring a second, Lawrence converting.
Scott Ramsay sealed the win when the forwards secured a turnover from counter-rucking close to their own line and drove over for an unconverted try.