31 — 24
Gutsy Performance not EnoughAn unknown entity to Championship SE 2 and the Saints had no intentions of underestimating the newly promoted side to our league, especially travelling down to play them on their own turf.
The morning of the match didn’t start in the Saints favour with last minute player cancellations and a heavily depleted squad of 14 players set to travel.
A huge testament to the players also praised by Lewes, as several were asked to step out of their comfort zones. A beautiful setting and good vibes from the Herts side set the tone and allowed Saints to score the first try through rapid winger McKenna, extras by Robertson 7-0 Saints.
It didn’t take long for Lewes to respond and they came firing back after some slick hands producing a score 7-5 Saints.
Both sides were producing attacking rugby and strong defence, Saints had a player in the bin, but put on another score as King raced over converted by Robertson then followed up with another score to make it 19-5 Saints. Just on half time Lewes snatched a converted score 19-12 Saints led.
Saints had the belief that they could win this but concentration after the break lapsed and Lewes scored within 5 minutes to level. Saints pressed, but couldn’t find a way through. Players started to feel the weight of extra work and Lewes scored another try and conversion to lead 26-19.
Knowing the end of the match was approaching , Saints found some energy to score again through McKenna, extras missed. 26-24 Lewes
Despite several attempts, Saints found no way through and were held up twice over the line. The home side eventually cleared their line finding themselves in the Saints 22. Fast hands and using the overlap, they scored in the corner. Final score 31-24.
Head Coach Brown said “To come away with a bonus point (within 15 in this league) was a credit to the players, they feel a little deflated after coming so close, given the personnel changes, injuries being carried and positional switches I could not ask for more from each player, we showed courage and heart. Couple of better decision could have swung the result, but that’s history now and we look forward to re-grouping and pushing on”.
OA Saints Club Captain
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