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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 19 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 16:15
Northampton Mens Own 5 Rugby St Andrews 27
Midlands Three East (South)
SAINTS returned from Northampton with another bonus point victory from a game in which they dominated possession but never really came to terms with the wet ground.
The visitors made a good start, setting up camp in the hosts’ half and after five minutes the pack won good ball which the backs moved wide for Ryan Taylor to cross, before converting himself.
Saints’ pack had the edge, spoiling the hosts’ line-out and putting pressure on their scrum, but the underfoot conditions and a greasy ball were making running rugby difficult for both sides.
Northampton defended well as Saints continued to apply pressure though the visitors’ handling did leave a lot to be desired at times.
As half time approached, Saints launched one last attack and, after initially being held up, finally claimed a score when Karim El Kanouni burrowed his way over.
The first points of the second half went the home side’s way when a speculative kick into Saints’ 22 was not dealt with and the hosts took full advantage to hack the ball over the line and dive on the loose ball for an unconverted try.
Saints responded with a penalty and a third try in the 65th minute when the forwards won quick, clean possession and replacement Matty Waldron spotted a prop in the middle of the defensive line, using his pace and power to round him and dive for the line.
Going in search of the bonus point try, Saints were met with solid defence until the final minute when Northampton were penalised on their 22 and after opting to kick to tough, the visitors secured line-out ball to drive captain Paul Farr over, Taylor’s conversion completed the scoring.
Saints bring 2012 to a close this weekend with a home game against local rivals Daventry.
THE 3rds recorded a good 22-20 league victory against Keresley in a game which finished late due to a serious injury to a Keresley player.
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