TABLE-TOPPING Rugby St Andrews show no sign of losing momentum ahead of Saturday’s (2.15pm) trip to Alcester, following a ninth-successive win in Midlands Three West (South).
St Andrews were 43-16 victors against Stoke Old Boys last weekend, with a couple of tries from both Kyle Bratt and Dave Rudd, in addition to single scores from Kalum Goodfellow, Scott Randall and Will Headley, contributing towards the emphatic bonus-point win.
Will Morgan kicked four of the seven conversions at the Hillmorton Grounds.
The Saints showed plenty of early endeavour and got their just reward when Goodfellow emerged from a maul and galloped through the powerless Stoke defence to score a seventh-minute opener.
Morgan kicked his first conversion of the day to put Rugby 7-0 up, a lead that they doubled 15 minutes later following Bratt’s converted try.
Stoke reduced the deficit with a score of their converted score of their own, followed by a penalty, which meant Rugby were only four points ahead at half time.
Morgan added the extras following Rudd’s opening try of the second half, though Stoke once more hit back immediately with a penalty to keep within touching distance.
Randall then capitalised on some lackadaisical defending to extend the hosts’ lead, but once more Stoke found a reply with a third penalty of the afternoon.
From there, Rugby bossed the final quarter of an hour and turned the screw on the visitors through further tries from Rudd, Bratt and Headley – the latter being converted – to ensure they came out on top.