OA Saints 64
Romford & Gidea Park 5
After a heavy defeat two weeks ago and a depleted squad, Romford were going to have a tough day at the office with very strong Saints team looking for a Bonus point win
No game of rugby is a given though, the home side had to work hard for the opening score after some tough work from the visitors in the opening 10 minutes.
Eventually the Saints first score came from some sustained attacking pressure. Ronford had possession but a poor kick form them created the perfect opportunity for a counter attack from the the home side. Excellent link play and slick hands between the forwards and backs opened up Winger McKenna, who reached out to touch down, Robertson adding the extras, 7-0 Saints.
Good phases of play by both sides from the restart, often with the final pass or decision not quite being right and a few scrums seemed to be the pattern for each side as the clock ticked on. A good passage of play led by Centre ,Collie breaking the tackle and racing through for another score. Extras added, 14-0 Saints.
The pace had now picked up for Saints, many slick passes were sticking well and pressure was being built, after consecutive penalties Saints decided to run one with Bebbington splitting the defence to score after a strong run. Converted 21-0 Saints.
Few exchanges between both sides, more scrums before King broke down the blind and offloaded to Collie for her second and Saints bonus point try securely in place. Robertson added the extras, 28-0 Saints.
It wasn’t long before Collie found another gap from solid set piece. Romford defence were struggling to cope with her powerful strides, this was an easy try for her.
Half time score, 35-0 Saints.
Second half started as the first had, with Romford being competitive at the breakdown. Using their strongest props to maul the ball down the Saints blind side lead to an unconverted score, 35-5 Saints.
Spurned on by each other and a few words from the coach, Saints upped the tempo and preceded to control the remaining facets of the game. Further scores from King (2), Sims, Collie and Gooding plus extras from the boot of Collie gave a healthy looking 64-5 scoreline to Saints. Evening the ref seemed to enjoy the game with a little bit of dancing during the match!
Head Coach Brown said ” In phases, some of our play was outstanding, players are enjoying their rugby which has helped build the first half of this season. New players have fitted in perfectly, subs are coming on and having a positive impact in the game. Every week selection is getting tougher, although a great headache to have!”
Saints wish all their supporters a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2017.
Next match is Southwold at Home on Sunday 8th January, 2pm Kick off.