RUGBY: Rugby St Andrews

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Looking forward to the second half of the season

Saints start the second half of their league campaign away to Northampton Mens Own after an unexpected four week lay off. Both pre Christmas games were cancelled at late notice leaving no time to arrange alternative fixtures. Both league opponents Deepings and Warwickshire Shield opposition Claverdon claimed that they were unable to muster a competent front row and conceded the games.

Saints will need to shake off any post prandial rustiness and their poor away form to date if they are to move up from their current mid table position. The winning scoreline in the home game was convincing but flattering and the Northampton side are notoriously difficult opponents on their own turf.

This was always going to be a rebuilding season with the loss or unavailability of several influential players and this has led to a lack of consistency. However a number of young players have stepped up to the mark and impressed and the full potential of the squad was realised with a couple of scintillating 60 point victories.

This will need to be replicated although the task may be made easier because fixtures against all but one off the sides above them will be at Ashlawn Road and this venue is still not high on any club’s list of favourites.

The seconds have also endured a difficult season so far. With a relatively young squad they have competed well against sides from higher levels and confidence will have been boosted by recent comfortable victories over both Old Laurentians and Newbold.

The third team has been struggling for players due to call ups to the other teams and would welcome new recruits to bolster the squad.