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Saints Back with a Vengeance
History tells us that cup matches can be either a curse or a cure, fortunately Saints first cup venture this season ended in dealing with a few demons from the previous weekend.
The coaching group took the opportunity to rotate squad members and test out players in different positions, giving us the edge as Romford are familiar with our game plan.
Saints were firing on all cylinders as soon as the whistle blew form kick off, attacking the Romford 22 but the final pass or decision was not quite working. Eventually some good interplay between forwards and backs led to Prop Kiff powering through scoring out wide, extras were missed 5-0 Saints.
The restart, often a problem area for Hertfordshire side was safely negotiated by our new addition to the lock family, Couling, who helped set the platform. After several phases Saints were back in the Romford 22, conceding a penalty, which the home side cleared, Saints created pressure again with Kiff scoring another try to put Saints 10-0 up.
Saints were now in control and started to play some exciting open rugby, stretching the home defence on several occasions. Some great link play between the forwards led to Skelton crashing over, extras missed 15-0 Saints. The visitors were now flying high and confidence was growing as Clarke crashed over in the corner, again after some phases and good handling, 20-0 Saints.
Romford eventually found some space and a good finish by their 15 to give them some hope, their efforts deserved.
Half time approaching Gooding crashed through two defenders and ran towards the line crossing for an individual score, 25-5 extras missed.
Half time instructions were clear, stay composed, clinical and disciplined.
Second half was a frantic and fragmented half, as the game become broken and players tried a little too hard to impress, having said that the squad added two further scores by Gooding and Gallimore, sadly neither were converted. Saints ran out 35-8.
Head Coach Brown said “The performance was pleasing, especially given last week’s showing, The squad were determined to make sure that was a one off and put in a great team effort, some players have caused the coaching group and myself a few selection headaches for the coming fixtures. Not a bad position to be in as we grow the playing squad. The players can be proud of their efforts this week, the coaches certainly are”.
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