Saints Go into Cruise Control
Pre-season had been a mixed bag of performances and results prior to the anticipated match against hosts Chesham Ladies.
With two friendlies under their belts and some talented new players joining the squad, the Hertfordshire visitors looked very comfortable with ball in hand.
The Saints immediately put Chesham under pressure, only some early nerves and rustiness prevented the execution of a score.
Early exchanges were equal from both sides with plenty of open rugby on offer. Saints were starting to find their rhythm with several surging runs into the host’s red zone.
Deep into the first half, great linking play and multiple phases forced Chesham to concede a succession of penalties, Saints kept the ball active and were finally rewarded with a converted try. 7-0 Saints
The remaining play in the half was frantic by both sides. Forced passes and rushing decisions seemed to disrupt each side with scrums taking over. Half time was approaching fast and Chesham created a try of their own, conversion missed. 7 – 5 Saints.
After identifying the errors from the first half, the Saints found those crucial extra gears to pull away from Chesham and created a raft of opportunities whilst keeping the home side in their half for several minutes at a time.
The back row started to dominate, front five were getting involved and the backs were having a nice easy ride behind them….. Then the tries started to flow, King, Gooding, Kiff, McKenna all went in with Robertson converting every try for a 100% day with the boot. Final Score Chesham 5 – 35 OA Saints
Head Coach Brown said afterward “first half was patchy, with signs of the squads potential shining through. The half time messages were clear, composure, discipline in all areas and don’t force the plays. Players reacted brilliantly at the break and executed their plan efficiently for the second half. Competition is hotting up with new players standing tall, players still to return. The squad is simmering nicely at training”.
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