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RUGBY UNION - Rugby St Andrews tame Lions in derby day victory

Rugby Editorial 26th Sep, 2023 Updated: 26th Sep, 2023   0

RUGBY St Andrews secured an impressive 48-12 bonus point win against local rivals Rugby Lions in their first home game of the season.

Both Tim Pitman and Todd Spencer crossed twice for Saints with Jake Gregory, Jack Kettleborough and Chris Halcrow all touching down at the Hillmorton Grounds.

The result means Saints remain top of the Counties 3 Midlands East (South) table on points difference with the Lions down in sixth.

An early penalty from Kettleborough put Saints into the lead before Gregory went over from a driving maul to score the game’s first try.

And after the restart failed to travel 10-metres, Saints broke from a scrum on halfway as Ryan Taylor fed Kettleborough to score under the posts with the latter converting his own score.

Saints extended their lead with two tries from near identical strong drives at the lineout as Pitman and Spencer struck before the break to secure a try bonus point.

And the home side continued to add to their total at the start of the second period as Spencer grabbed his second try of the match from another catch and drive at a lineout.

Replacement fly-half Halcrow added another quickfire score after chipping the ball over the Lions defence and finishing under the posts.

Lions responded with a couple of tries of their own before Saints completed the scoring through Pitman’s second try of the afternoon from Dave Rudd’s fine inside pass.

Saints are next in action away at South Leicester on Saturday, September 30 with kick-off at 3pm at Welford Road.


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