Rugby Union
Saints claim bragging rights

By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 11 December 2012 Updated: 12/12 18:36

Rugby St Andrews 45 Long Buckby 19

Midlands Three East (South)

DESPITE the flattering nature of the scoreline, Saints were made to work hard to overcome their local rivals on Saturday.

They got off to the perfect start when room was created for winger Matty Waldron to race over for a second minute try, converted by Ryan Taylor.

They had to wait until the 15th minute to add to that score though when quick possession from the forwards allowed the backs to create space for Taylor to cross for a try which he also converted.

The same scenario produced a third try moments later when the forwards drove into Buckby's 22 and released the ball wide where winger Tom White showed good pace to beat the last defender and score.

With 19 points on the board in the opening quarter it looked comfortable for the hosts, but the hosts showed that they were not going to roll over and became an attacking threat themselves.

Saints were constantly being penalised for off-side with Buckby camped on their line and eventually they lost a man to the sin-bin.

Just when it appeared they were going to see the ten minutes out without conceding, Buckby put their first points on the board with an unconverted try but Saints had the final say of the half when Taylor converted Matthew Butlin's score.

A converted try for the visitors provided the first action of the second half but Saints responded within six minutes when White went over once more in the corner.

With Saints temporarily reduced to 14 men once again, Buckby made the most of the situation to record another converted try but once back to full strength White added another converted try before Taylor secured another seven points in the final action of the day.

Third placed Saints head to Northampton Mens Own on Saturday.

THE 2nds booked their place in the last four of the Clonmell Cup with a 37-17 victory at Long Buckby 2nds.

Saints put their experience to good effect against a youthful home side and ran in six tries in a comfortable victory.

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