Saints' winning aura continues - The Rugby Observer

Saints' winning aura continues

Rugby Editorial 19th Nov, 2019 Updated: 19th Nov, 2019   0

THE Saints’ perfect start to the season continued with a 40-3 triumph over Old Leamingtonians last weekend.

Rugby St Andrews have won all seven of their Midlands Three West (South) fixtures to date, extending their stay at the top of the division with another first-class performance.

After a close opening quarter, the hosts were guilty of giving up chances through individual errors, but made no mistake on the 20-minute mark when Brannon Aitchison had the legs to race past OL’s defence to score.

Will Morgan successfully added the extras, although a penalty from the visitors immediately reduced the deficit.

Saints were coursing with confidence after the opening try and eventually found a second when Dave Rudd dummied a pass before finding a gap to the try line – again converted by Morgan.

The upwards momentum continued and led to further converted scores by Dan Hull on 33 minutes, with Morgan adding a try of his own three minutes later to secure a bonus point.

A fifth try arrived before the break when Kristen Enefer emerged from a maul with the ball and flew across the whitewash, allowing Morgan to once more demonstrate his accurate kicking.

The second half was a more subdued affair, much in part to the determination of Old Leamingtonians to shut up shop at the back, as both sides found it difficult to force a break in each others defensive line.

Aitchson was the only man to register a score in the second half after weaving his way through to the try line, although the conversion was missed as the hosts closed out the game.

Next up for Rugby is a trip to third-placed Woodrush on Saturday (2.15pm).

Meanwhile, Rugby St Andrews’ 2nds were unfortunate in a 33-31 friendly defeat to Newbold 3rds.

The backs were the source of all of the Saints’ points in the contest, with Kurt Morgan crossing over with two tries, individual scores from Tom Helliwell, Bradley Ellis and Ned Morley-Cottrell, and three conversions from Joe Hudson.

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