RUGBY: Saints extend unbeaten league record with bonus-point win over Stoke Old Boys

Trip to Alcester this weekend

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:30 pm
Will Headley

Midlands 3 West (South) : Rugby St Andrews 43 Stoke Old Boys 16

After the disappointment of the cup defeat the previous week, Saints bounced back with a bonus-point victory to maintain their unbeaten league record despite having to make several late changes.

Saints forwards again laid a solid foundation and a big drive from them resulted in the opening with Kalum Goodfellow breaking from a maul to power his way over, Will Morgan adding the conversion.

Lloyd Warner in Saints' win over Stoke Old Boys

The returning Kyle Bratt, on as an early replacement, claimed the second try with a powerful run with Morgan again converting.

Saints were on top but Stoke were defending aggressively and as half time approached scored a converted try and penalty.

Saints started the second half strongly and scrum half Dave Rudd sniped through for a try. Stoke hit back with a penalty to keep in touch.

Saints kicked a penalty to touch and with Stoke expecting the catch and drive didn’t commit to the maul, allowing a quick thinking Scott Randall to turn and stroll through the Stoke defence to claim a try.

Scott Randall and Man of the Match Dave Rudd

Again, Stoke hit back with a penalty but the final quarter belonged to Saints as Stoke began to tire.

Dave Rudd crossed for a second try and with Saints’ forwards driving for the score a quick long flat pass found Will Headley whose running line took him over for a try untouched, again converted by Morgan.

With five minutes remaining Saints crossed for their seventh and final score of the afternoon.

Another penalty was kicked to the corner and after a clean catch the pack drove over for a try for Kyle Bratt.

Kalum Goodfellow

Saints face a trip to Alcester this week as they look to continue their good run. This is always a difficult place to go to and Alcester have already claimed a notable home win this season with a defeat of Old Coventrians in their last home match.

Man of the Match – Dave Rudd.

Warwickshire League 3: Rugby St Andrews 2nd 26 Old Coventrians 2nd 22

Saints maintained top spot with a close fought victory against Old Coventrians, Nat Eaves, Rich Parker and a brace from Davison saw Saints home with Ed Murray and Parker sharing the conversions.

Man of the Match – Craig Jones