RUGBY UNION - Rugby St Andrews continue perfect start with Stamford victory - The Rugby Observer

RUGBY UNION - Rugby St Andrews continue perfect start with Stamford victory

Rugby Editorial 17th Oct, 2023 Updated: 17th Oct, 2023   0

KALUM Goodfellow crossed twice as Rugby St Andrews secured a fourth successive bonus point win with a 31-7 success against Stamford College Old Boys.

Goodfellow touched down either side of the break before Max Carlton, Leo Sutton and George Lee all crossed for tries while Chris Halcrow kicked three conversions at the Hillmorton Grounds.

The result means Rugby remain top of the Counties 3 Midlands East (South) table, taking a maximum 20 points from their opening four matches.

Saints made a strong start with a number of forward drives thwarted before Goodfellow crashed over from close range to score the first try of the game after just three minutes as Halcrow converted.

Rugby’s back line continued to make good ground as the half wore on while Stamford remained a threat at the set piece as the home side’s defence held firm.

However, a series of knock-ons and forward passes prevented any further tries from being scored as Saints went into the break with a slender lead.

The home side extended their lead just five minutes into the second period as Goodfellow crossed for his second try of the game, forcing his way over in the corner.

And Saints scored a quickfire third try as replacement scrum half Carlton crossed and Halcrow converted after some neat interplay allowed the home side to make good metres.

Rugby secured a bonus point with their fourth try on the hour mark as replacement winger Sutton dotted down in the corner to finish off another flowing move with his first touch on debut.

Stamford began to put Saints under pressure in the closing stages before Lee collected a wayward pass inside his own 22 and raced the length of the pitch to score with Halcrow converting.

The visitors eventually troubled the scoreboard in the final few minutes as Alex Walker took advantage of a quickly-taken penalty to score and Carl Brierly-Lewis converted while Saints had two players in the sin bin.

Rugby are next in action away at Northampton Mens Own on Saturday, October 21 with kick-off at 3pm at Stoke Road.

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