Good win for Saints in stormy con­di­tions

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Dum­fries Saints ...................... 21 Falkirk ...................................... 3

Saints took on Falkirk at Park Farm on Satur­day in gale force winds so it was no place for the faint-hearted.

Saints played into the gale in the first half and their ball car­ri­ers made hard yards up field only for the slip­pery ball to spill for Falkirk to clear kick it all the way back to the Saints 22.

The wind made li­ne­outs a lot­tery but Saints had the edge in the scrum.

At 12 min­utes in , an un­for­tu­nate penalty for not rolling away gave Falkirk a kick at goal in front of the posts to put them three points up.

That was the only score of the first half. Even with the wind in their backs, any at­tacks by Falkirk were dealt with by the res­o­lute Saints de­fence.

Some ter­rific car­ries from Jack Steele, Craig Goldie, Euan Miller and Michael Yates, with sup­port play from the whole Saints squad, but in par­tic­u­lar James Clyde and David Andrew, kept a sur­pris­ing amount of the game played in the Falkirk half.

Play­ing into the wind in the sec­ond half, Falkirk could not rely on the boot to clear their lines and did not have the ball car­ri­ers to take the game into the Saints half.

At eight min­utes in, af­ter sus­tained pressure in­side the Falkirk five me­tre, a clear­ance kick bent in the wind to go into touch be­hind the kicker.

The li­ne­out on the five me­tre went to a ruck from which James Clyde picked up and drove over for the first try.

Alan Bird­sall took the kick from eight me­tres in from the left on the 22, aimed across the field and the wind car­ried it be­tween the posts. Saints 7 Falkirk 3.

Five min­utes later Bird­sall was pre­sented with a penalty on the 22 just to the left of the posts. His judge­ment of the wind was a cou­ple of inches out but the re­bound from the post fell to an alert Kenny Hen­der­son who scored be­tween the posts. Bird­sall con­verted to make it Saints 14 Falkirk 3.

From a li­ne­out in­side the Falkirk 22, David Andrew caught and drove it for Craig Goldie to carry for­ward and then fin­ished un­der the posts by Michael Yates with a pick and go.

Bird­sall drop kicked the con­ver­sion Saints, 21 Falkirk 3.

This was real hard-work­ing team per­for­mance and a great re­sult in the con­di­tions.

Next week Saints are on the road again against White­craigs in an early kick off to suit the Fiji in­ter­na­tional.

Squad: C Goldie, D Boyd, A Pren­tice, J Clyde, D Andrew, B John­stone, R Cruick­shank, E Miller, A Bird­sall, J Strain, R Neill, M Yates, J Steele (cap­tain), A White­ford, S Hid­dle­ston, K Brown, JP Thom­son, J Cur­rie and K Hen­der­son. Ac­tion from the Irvine v An­nan match on Satur­day

This week­end

The Saints 2nd XV beat West of Scot­land 12-7 on the other pitch to make it an ex­cel­lent day for Dum­fries.

Ten­nent’s Na­tional League Di­vi­sion 2

P W L D F A B Big­gar 10 10 0 0 444 77 8 High­land 10 8 2 0 302 146 8 Ste­wart’s Melville 10 7 3 0 296 205 6 Pre­ston Lodge 10 6 4 0 323 255 8 Dum­fries Saints 10 6 3 1 374 179 5 Falkirk 10 6 4 0 255 261 6 Peebles 10 5 4 1 238 183 7 White­craigs 10 3 6 1 269 318 7 GHK 10 3 6 1 212 365 2 Glas­gow Ac­cies 10 2 7 1 190 345 4 Howe of Fife 10 1 8 1 230 519 5 Lass­wade 10 0 10 0 150 427 6

With the 1st XV los­ing last week­end for the sec­ond game in a row, they have now lost touch with the top four. The West 1 league is now split­ting into three:

• Allan Glens, East Kil­bride, Greenock Wan­der­ers and Garnock at the top bat­tling for pro­mo­tion.

• An­nan, Irvine, Cam­bus­lang and Ste­wartry who can’t af­ford to lose again if they want to chal­lenge at the top plus not 100 per cent safe from rel­e­ga­tion but look­ing safe un­less a to­tal col­lapse.

• Kil­marnock, Stra­then­drick, Cum­nock and Dalziel prob­a­bly fight­ing to avoid rel­e­ga­tion but a de­cent run from any of the teams would keep them safe.

Ten­nent’s West Re­gional Di­vi­sion 1

P Allan Glens 9 East Kil­bride 9 Greenock Ws 9 Garnock 9 An­nan 9 Irvine 10 Cam­bus­lang 10 Ste­wartry 10 Kil­marnock 9 Stra­then­drick 9 Cum­nock 10 Dalziel 9

W L 8 1 7 2 6 2 7 2 5 3 5 5 4 5 4 6 2 6 3 6 2 8 1 8

D F A 0 378 143 0 263 163 1 396 170 0 284 137 1 231 248 0 228 269 1 247 326 0 259 311 1 172 236 0 155 260 0 176 359 0 157 324

B Pts 6 38 7 35 8 34 6 34 5 27 6 26 6 24 7 23 4 14 1 13 5 13 3 7

The 1st XV wel­come Kil­marnock 1st XV to An­nan for the 14th time at 1st XV com­pet­i­tive level. Founded in 1868 the Ayr­shire team are cel­e­brat­ing their 150th year.

Both teams have lost their last two games so both will be want­ing to stop the rot be­fore it gets out of hand!

Play­ers to meet at 11.15am for the 12.30pm kick-off to al­low play­ers and spec­ta­tors to watch the Scot­land v Fiji game in the club­house af­ter­wards.

The 2nd XV are also at home when they will be hop­ing to get a full 15 out as they en­ter­tain Hill­head Jor­dan­hill in their lat­est West re­serve 2 match.

The War­riors are off to take on Ste­wartry Sirens on Sun­day in the Premier B League.

With only three teams in Premier B and af­ter the War­riors’ great bonus point win against Cartha Ladies, the War­riors would end up on top of the mini Premier B ta­ble with any sort of win on Sun­day.

A win for the Sirens then it would all come down to their last game away to Cartha the fol­low­ing week. A Cartha win there and it would all come down to bonus points and dif­fer­ence.

There will be a bus go­ing from An­nan for sup­port­ers. £10 per per­son. Con­tact War­riors man­ager Tracy White­side if you would like a seat.

Play­ers to meet at Bank Street for a 11.30am for the 2pm kick-off.

Youth rugby

Pts 48 40 34 32 31 30 29 21 16 14 11 6

The U14s Tigers will be taking on Ar­drossan at Vi­o­let­bank in their lat­est T4 West match on Sun­day. Play­ers to meet as ar­ranged with the coaches. Also on Sun­day, the three P1-P7 Tigers teams are off to Dum­fries Rugby for their lat­est round of games.

The Tigers had a great set of matches last Sun­day in Big­gar and will be hop­ing to con­tinue their fine form at Park Farm.

Par­ents and play­ers to meet at 10.30am at Dum­fries for an 11am start.

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