57 — 0
Return of the SaintsFor Head Coach Darran Brown injuries and non-availability is a factor he is unable to control. Todays home match pronounces a similar scenario and he is forced to play people in their lesser favoured positions containing the names of those whowill outwit their struggling opponents. This is by no means a weakened squad as despite being stretched to the limit the playing squad spirit remains strong and confidence is high.
The usual script of Romford’s forwards versus our pacey backline, was torn apart up by the energetic Hertfordshire side. The pack, lead my Mica Gooding had clearly had been listening in training and produced a physical, at times dominant display, holding the Romford scrum, controlling the breakdown and owning the loose.
However, this was far from an easy encounter! Saints worked hard and needed full commitment and intensity throughout the 80 minutes, something the coaching staff have been working on in training.
Saints started brightly and only dropped one pass that slowed down play after multiple phases from direct running from both forwards and backs. Three plays later Morgan scored her first try in her debut start. Converted by Robertson.
The restart was taken cleanly, Saints found themselves in the Romford half very quickly, sustained pressure led to King crossing the line extras added 14 – 0 Saints. This soon became 21-0 as King crossed again, Robertson’s boot adding the extra’s.
A period of Romford play allowed them to creep in to the Saints half, reaching the 22, only for some strong defence to shunt proceedings. The Romford fly- half was forced to kick from the drop out Saints moved up field, after many phases King crossed again for her third score again converted 28 – 0 Saints.
To end the half, some great link play allowed an accurate cross field kick by Robertson, taken on the run by Finn, who fed Clarke to score, extras were missed 33 – 0. Saints led at the break.
Aggression from 1 to 15 oozed from the Saints right from the second half kick off yet failed to finish.
The visitors could not handle the link play and were stretched all over the park. It wasn’t long before Abumarzouq crashed her way over, extra’s missed 38 – 0 Saints. Rugby was flowing now with players increasing the intensity in all aspects of the performance. Miller had a try disallowed; before King scored another this time adding the extras herself. 45 – 0 Saints. Another score by King making it 6 and 50 – 0.
The final score went to Miller who went over for her first of many to come making it 57- 0 to Saints.
Head Coach Brown said “Performance today was pleasing, given our last two matches, some of the coaches messages are making sense and training is developing the team unity in all areas, every player made a positive contribution in the game, with the replacements coming on and playing at the same intensity of those they replaced. Although a good result, we will stay grounded and focus on the next phase of the squad’s development. All credit to Romford, they never quit and made us work hard for every score.”
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