Big win for Dum­fries in first home game

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORTS -

Ryan Gra­cie in the thick of it against Al­lan Glens On the way to scor­ing the first of his three tries

num­ber two for John­stone con­verted by Carlisle.

Noth­ing could go wrong for Saints now, se­cur­ing the restart and get­ting it wide to Hen­der­son who car­ried it into the PL half be­fore of­fload­ing to Gavin Wil­son to score. Carlisle made the con­ver­sion, 38-5.

Pre­ston Lodge still had plenty of at­tack but the Saints de­fence was in con­trol and giv­ing away noth­ing. When Saints made turnovers they cleared their lines to touch but when PL tried it Saints were able to run the ball back at them.

From a clear­ance col­lected in­side his 22, Saints full back Hen­der­son got in front of his winger An­drew White­ford who took it to half way then popped the ball right to cap­tain Steele who im­me­di­ately re­versed it back left to a sprint­ing Jack John­stone who car­ried it from half way to score his third of the day un­der the posts. An­other con­ver­sion from eCarlisle, his sixth of the day made it 45-5.

The Saints for­wards spent a bit of time

in club­house cor­ner with pick and goes but stand­off Jor­dan Kerr felt too many min­utes had passed with­out a score and threw a mas­sive pass out wide which went through quick hands for Kea­gan Jones to score in the other cor­ner. The con­ver­sion was missed.

The fi­nal 10 min­utes was played at the same fu­ri­ous pace as the first 70 by two very fit sides play­ing great rugby. The game flowed end to end be­fore a ruck on the Saints line led to the ball be­ing smug­gled over the line by a PL for­ward, the con­ver­sion took the score to 50-12 and that was how it fin­ished.

This was a great win that takes Saints to top of the league with old Divi­sion 3 ri­vals Lass­wade away next week.

Squad: Tom Martin, Zeke Dyson, Scott Good­win, Michael Thomp­son, Will Green, Michael Scott, Gavin Wil­son, Fin­lay Miller, Jack John­stone, Jor­dan Kerr, Kea­gan Jones, John Carlisle, Jack Steele (cap­tain), An­drew White­ford, Kenny Hen­der­son, Sean Gra­ham, Ali Jack­son, James Thom­son and Alan Bird­sall.

Sur­rounded

Jack John­stone

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