RUGBY UNION - Rugby St Andrews stay top after big win at South Leicester - The Rugby Observer

RUGBY UNION - Rugby St Andrews stay top after big win at South Leicester

Rugby Editorial 2nd Oct, 2023 Updated: 2nd Oct, 2023   0

RUGBY St Andrews maintained their perfect start to the season with a dominant eight-try 50-6 win away at South Leicester.

Josh Greenwood, Chris Heslop and Jack Kettleborough all crossed twice while George Headley and Chris Halcrow also dotted down at Welford Road.

The result means Rugby remain top of the Counties 3 Midlands East (South) table after claiming three successive bonus point victories.

South Leicester took the lead through an early penalty before Halcrow responded with a penalty of his own and kicked another through the posts soon after to give Saints the lead.

And Saints crossed for the game’s first try when Greenwood touched down and Halcrow converted although Leicester responded with their second successful penalty of the game.

The visitors struck again before the break when Saints opted to kick to the corner from a penalty and Heslop scored from the resulting lineout after emerging with the ball under a pile of bodies.

Greenwood crashed over for his second try shortly after half time from Tom Muat’s quick tap penalty with Halcrow converting.

Saints extended their lead when Kettleborough finished in the corner to score the away side’s bonus point try.

Heslop grabbed his second try soon after from another catch and drive at a lineout before Kettleborough also dotted down his second score in the corner.

Saints were gifted another try when the home side kept a long clearance kick in play and Euan Marshall reacted quickest to the loose ball before passing to Headley who touched down.

And Saints completed the scoring with the final play of the match as Halcrow stepped inside of his marker to score his side’s eighth try of the match.

Rugby St Andrews are next in action at home to Stamford College Old Boys on Saturday, October 14 with kick-off at 3pm at the Hillmorton Grounds.

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