Rugby Union
Victory sees Saints top the table

By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 15 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 19:11

Rugby St Andrews 49 Stockwood Park 14

Midlands Three East (South)

SAINTS moved to the top of the table on Saturday thanks to a controlled and disciplined performance that led to them securing a comfortable victory against Stockwood Park.

The visitors opted to play into the stiff breeze in the first half but Saints used the elements to their advantage, setting up camp in Stockwood's 22 and allowing the forwards to make their usual solid start.

With quick ball being produced, the backs created space for Mark Brightwell to coast over unopposed for the opening try in the third minute, Ryan Taylor converted.

Saints recovered the kick-off and quickly got on the front foot again, winning a penalty five-metres out which was quickly taken by James Ellerington.

He fed Brightwell to crash through three tackles and score another converted try, followed over shortly afterwards by Karl Chaplow who peeled off the back of a maul to score.

A 17th minute Taylor penalty extended the lead before he joined the back line at pace to cross for the bonus point try in the 24th minute.

Stockwood tried to get themselves in the game but Saints' defence held firm, using the wind to clear their lines and forcing the visitors to attack from deep.

A superb first half performance was completed by Ellerington feeding Callum McPhillips to dummy his way over the line, ensuring Saints left the field with a 32-0 lead.

The visitors came out in determined mood in the second half and showed why they had climbed up to fifth place in the table, scoring a converted try within 60 seconds of the restart.

They repeated the feat nine minutes later which seemed to wake Saints up and the hosts worked their way forward and forced an error which allowed Brightwell the simplest of hat-trick tries.

Taylor added the conversion before setting up the next try when beating the first line of defence and feeding Kristen Enefer with an inside pass who outpaced the remaining defender to score.

The scoring was completed five minutes from time when strong running and good recycling of possession gave McPhillips his second try of the contest.

THE 2nds drew 26-26 against Broadstreet 3rds whilst the 3rds were 43-5 winners against Broadstreet 4ths. The news was not so good for the Colts who went down 56-0 against Newbold Colts.

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