De­feat on the road for Dum­fries Saints

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - READER TRAVEL -

West of Scot­land ......... 29 dum­fries Saints ........... 24

Dum­fries Saints took on West of Scot­land at the week­end on a bit­terly cold day.

In pre­vi­ous matches against West of Scot­land, Saints have faired well at home but badly in away en­coun­ters.

West started strongly and main­tained pres­sure on the Saints de­fence un­til the first try which was con­verted tak­ing the score to 7-0 with as many min­utes played.

The play went on 20 min­utes be­fore Saints got any de­cent pos­ses­sion in the West half and after some ex­cel­lent sup­port play Zeke Dyson scored un­der the posts with John Carlisle con­vert­ing, 7-7.

Saints saw very lit­tle of the ball in the rest of the half un­til a penalty kicked into the corner by Jor­dan Kerr gave them a sim­ply won line-out then fast hands back across for Andy White­ford to score in the other corner. The con­ver­sion was missed and that score took the teams to half time with Saints up 7-12.

From the restart West failed to kick 10 Saints won the scum, kicked to touch stole West’s li­ne­out, Sam Hid­dle­ston got be­hind the de­fence and great in­ter­play be­tween Rory Steele and Kea­gan Jones put John Carlisle over for a try that he con­verted, 7-19.

The large trav­el­ling sup­port thought the flood­gates were about to open but West had other ideas. They picked up the tempo and from a tap penalty just in­side the Saints half scored an out­stand­ing try with fast hands ter­rific sup­port run­ning fin­ished off by scrum half Fisken who started it, the con­ver­sion was good and it was 14-19.

Saints’ nor­mally sure-footed de­fence started to leak badly with a stocky but fast West cen­tre run­ning a good an­gle, break­ing three tack­les to score un­der the posts, the con­ver­sion took the score to 21-19.

With West’s tails up, their con­fi­dence soared and some daz­zling pass­ing turned the Saints de­fence in­side out for their right wing to score in the corner. The con­ver­sion was missed and at 26-19 Saints worked their way back into the game and started to make in­roads into the West half. How­ever in one of the few vis­its to the Saints half in the fi­nal quar­ter West won a penalty for a high tackle and ex­tended their lead to 29-19.

There was no way Saints were leav­ing this field without any points and after a line-break by Zeke Dyson, Sam Hid­dle­ston fin­ished the move un­der the posts. Un­for­tu­nately there was a “mis­un­der­stand­ing” be­tween the ref­eree and John Carlisle and con­ver­sion was dis­al­lowed, but the Saints got the bonus point for scor­ing four tries and an­other for be­ing within seven points of their vic­tors.

bT na­tional League di­vi­sion 2

P Kirk­caldy 9 Lass­wade 9 Dfs Saints 9 Hamil­ton 8 Big­gar 9 Pee­bles 9 GHK 9 Howe of Fife 9 W of Scot­land 9 Pre­ston Lodge 9 White­craigs 9 W L 7 2 7 2 6 3 6 2 5 4 5 4 3 6 3 6 4 5 2 7 1 8 D F A 0 279 178 0 228 168 0 258 214 0 258 154 0 273 216 0 243 321 0 256 243 0 264 236 0 170 287 0 156 337 0 218 349 B Pts 9 37 6 34 7 31 5 29 7 27 6 26 8 20 7 19 3 19 4 12 6 10

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