Rugby St Andrews 1's vs Stamford College Old Boys
VPs, Sponsors, Ex-Players and a Bonus Point Win
Saints regrouped at the break and come out for the second half strongly, with five minutes played Kalum Goodfellow crashed over for his second try of the game, this time appearing on the wing to force his way over in the corner. Saints went straight back on the attack and good interpassing saw them make excellent ground before replacement scrum half Max Carlton crossed for the try again converted by Chris Halcrow. The bonus point was secured on the hour when another flowing break by the backs was finished off by replacement winger Leo Sutton, crossing in the corner with his first touch on debut. SCOB were starting to put Saints under pressure as they searched for a score but a floated pass deep inside the Saints 22 was picked up by George Lee who raced the length of the pitch to score a try converted by Chris Halcrow. Saints came under increasing pressure in the closing minutes of the game, giving away penalties in their 22 which also resulted in a couple of yellow cards, the visitors took advantage with a quickly taken penalty with five minutes remaining for Walker to cross for a try, converted by Brierley-Lewis.
Saints remain top of the league with 4 bonus point wins from four outings, their closest rivals Northampton BBOB earning a Home Walk Over to remain 5 points adrift but with a game in hand. This week sees Saints travel to Northampton Mens Own for the first time since April 2015, with their hosts sitting 3rd after 2 victories and a draw in their 4 outings this season. Matches between these 2 sides are usually close affairs so Saints will be expecting another tough test on the road.
Rugby St Andrews 31 Stamford College Old Boys 7
Counties 3 East (South)
Saints maintained their unbeaten start to the season and remain top of the league after victory over a stubborn SCOB side on their first visit to Saints, in front of a large crowd of Vice Presidents, Ex Players and Sponsors.
Saints made a good start with the backs making good ground in the opening attacks to set up a platform inside the visitors 22, a number of forward drives were thwarted before Kalum Goodfellow crashed over from close range for the opening try after 3 minutes, converted by Chris Halcrow. Saints reorganised pack was then under pressure at the set piece but what ball was won was shipped to the back line who made good ground with every attack but the usual level of passing was lacking with a number of knock on and forward passes seeing the attacks come to an end, SCOB showed they were a useful side despite their league position but Saints defence stood firm and the early try was the only score of the first half.