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Saints 57 v 17 Stamford College Old Boys RFC - Home League on 30 Sep 2017

Published on Monday, 2 October 2017

The St Neots Saints hosted Stamford College OB’s for their first home league fixture of the season and put on a dominant 2nd half display that helped them to eventually run out convincing winners. 

Saints started well with centre Lewis Hall kicking an early penalty to settle the nerves and then winger Kieran Rook linked with fly-half Joe Woodgate to put Woodgate in for his first try of the day. Stamford rallied and came back with a try in the corner before a storming break-away run from mid-field by hooker Aiden Jordan took him all the way through to the Stamford full-back and he remained on his feet in the tackle, allowing him to pop the ball off to Woodgate who was again on hand to take the ball on and cross the goal-line for a simple score. 

A lack of concentration by the Saints defence allowed Stamford back into the game again, with an individual effort by their play-making centre, but a well worked blind-side move from a Saints scrum on half-way, by back-row partnership of Phill Fernie and Matt Cartwright, gave new Saints recruit Dave Hopkins the chance to run down his wing and into the Stamford 22 and when tackled, Woodgate latched onto the ball, wriggled out of a couple of weak challenges and he went in under the post to get a well deserved first half hat-trick. 

Half Time – Saints 22 – 10 Stamford College OB’s 

The second half did not start well for Saints and only a last gasp tackle from scrum-half Jack Webb prevented Stamford from picking up an early score and getting themselves back into the game. Pinned back on their goal-line, strong defence from the Saints team held Stamford out until a quick tap penalty by Saints flanker Cartwright finally got Saints out of their own 22. Another quick penalty then allowed the half-backs to release winger Hopkins on another run into the Stamford half, where Webb then found Aiden Jordan in midfield who then passed back outside to new Saints centre Nic Robinson, who accelerated through a gap in the final defenders to score his first try in a Saints shirt and the sought after bonus-point try. 

With team confidence now high, Saints really stepped up a gear and a powerful lung busting run from front-row player-coach Johnny Berwick again got Saints going forward, deep into Stamford territory and the visitors on the back foot. A quick tap penalty again saw Berwick draw in the Stamford defence and then quick ball from Webb and Woodgate gave big flanker Jordan Rook the chance to run at the Stamford backs and power through two of them to score under the posts. 

Saints next score came after some big tackles by the Hayward brothers Jack and Adam, and after they managed to create a turn-over in midfield, Hall took on the flat-footed Stamford defence before off-loading to his centre partner Robinson on another strong running line and Robinson went through the Stamford defence untouched. 

A training ground move on half-way saw lock-forward Nick Ashford cleanly win the ball at the top of a line-out and when Webb found Woodgate, a couple of dummy switches in mid-field fooled the Stamford defence and Woodgate kept the ball, spotted a gap in the defensive line and cut through to score a very good individual effort and his 4th of the afternoon. 

Saints then finished off with a flourish with a total team try which started with full-back Dan Miller and was carried on by the mobile forwards and the pacey back line, and the hard working scrum-half Jack webb was on hand the end to finish off and score a well deserved effort. 

Stand-in skipper Joe Woodgate said after the game “I'm very proud of all the boys involved in Saturdays performance. The coaches have worked us hard over the summer and it's great to now get the results we deserve from our hard work in training. We have managed to recruit a number of new players over the summer and those that started for us: Johnny Berwick, Nic Robinson, Karl Sinclair and Dave Hopkins, didn't look at all out of place and all had outstanding games. If we can maintain this level of commitment and performance it should be a great season for St Neots RUFC”. 

Man of The Match went to Aiden Jordan and Lewis Hall kicked 7 of his 8 conversion attempts.

Team John BERWICK, Aiden Jordan, Karl SINCLAIR, Jack Hayward, Nick ASHFORD, Jordan Rook, Matt CARTWRIGHT, Phillip FERNIE, Jack Webb, Joe Woodgate, Kieran Rook, Lewis Hall, Nick ROBINSON, Dave HOPKINS , Daniel Miller

Subs Joel ATKINS, Adam Hayward, Daniel Hill, Clive CARRINGTON, Stuart Miller

Scores T: Joe Woodgate (4), Nick ROBINSON (2), Jordan Rook (1), Jack Webb (1) C: Lewis Hall (7) P: Lewis Hall (1)

Midlands 4 East (South) The league: Midlands 4 East (South)



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