Saints on top after dismissing Woodrush - The Rugby Observer

Saints on top after dismissing Woodrush

Rugby Editorial 27th Nov, 2019   0

WOODRUSH were unable to dislodge table-topping Rugby St Andrews – who claimed a fifth bonus-point victory of the season last weekend.

The 29-14 victory made it eight successes from eight in Midlands Three West (South), putting the Saints four clear of second-placed Old Coventrians.

Hosts Woodrush were unnerved by their high-flying opponents and attempted to go on the offensive from the first kick.

This strategy worked as Rugby conceded a couple of early penalties and allowed Woodrush to kick into the corner and gain some territory, leading to the first converted try with the game just three minutes old.

After weathering the storm, Saints slowly worked their way back into the contest and appeared to reply with a try of their own – only to ruled out for obstruction by the referee.

The try that Saints warranted did eventually arrive, claimed by Gautheir Arnoux after Rugby’s forwards drove Woodrush over their line.

It gave the visitors the momentum boost that was needed to go on and win the game, as Patrick Howard crossed the line for St Andrews’ second score and for the lead.

A third try followed from an attack from deep, with Will Morgan finishing off the move before adding the conversion to put the visitors 17-7 up at the break.

Woodrush narrowed the gap to three points after recording their second converted try of the game, although a second converted try by Morgan, and a Kalum Goodfellow score ten minutes from time, confirmed a fine win on opposition soil.

Rugby have a weekend off before welcoming Stoke Old Boys to the Hillmorton Grounds on Saturday December 7 (2.15pm).

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