RUGBY: Saints extend unbeaten league record with bonus-point win over Stoke Old Boys
Trip to Alcester this weekend
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.
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.
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.
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