RUGBY: 'Must win' game for St Andrews in relegation battle

Relegation-threatened Saints will host Earlsdon on Saturday, needing to win to have a chance of staying in Midlands 2 next season
Relegation-threatened Saints will host Earlsdon on Saturday, needing to win to have a chance of staying in Midlands 2 next season

Sixth-placed Earlsdon visit John Tomalin Way this weekend

A weakened Rugby St Andrews side was in contention with Barkers Butts at half time on Saturday, trailing 28-14, which could have been 28-21 if Kristen Enifer’s arms were two inches longer when he was dragged down by a last ditch tackle.
Territorially there was little between the sides and good defence continued to frustrate Barkers until a spate of injuries after the break left Saints with only 13 fully fit players on the park. They were shown no mercy as the home side ran in six tries in the final quarter to finish 80-14.
This Saturday (April 6) is the Former Players Day and a ‘must win’ game against sixth-placed Earlsdon if Saints are to have a chance of avoiding relegation from Midlands 2 West (South). The current squad have shown tremendous character throughout the campaign and deserve greater rewards for their efforts. They would really appreciate massive touchline support for this crucial game.

Chris Hughes in Saints 2nd XV game against Barkers Butts 3rds on Saturday  Pictures by Brian Dainty

Chris Hughes in Saints 2nd XV game against Barkers Butts 3rds on Saturday Pictures by Brian Dainty

Rugby St Andrews 2nds played Barker Butts 3rds. Although Butts were bolstered by a few players from their 2s, the Saints played hard and didn't make it easy. The game ended 50-0 in Barkers favour. The Saints take on Earlsdon this weekend hoping to bounce back with a bang.

Jim Gurling makes the tackle to stop Barkers 3rds in Saints 2nds' game

Jim Gurling makes the tackle to stop Barkers 3rds in Saints 2nds' game

Connor Smith breaks for Saints 2nds   Pictures by Brian Dainty

Connor Smith breaks for Saints 2nds Pictures by Brian Dainty