The President’s message in the match programme said “anything can happen” in the match against Greenock. Rather unfortunately, the 1st XV slipped to a 24 – 36 defeat – and there was plenty of other action in what turned out to be a fractious match.
Team selection is still dominated by the long injury list, but there had been hopes that we could have taken the points in this fixture against the visitors who up to this match were only placed just above us in the league.
Our photo (below) shows a group of first team players who were forced for one reason or other to sit out Saturday’s game. They were joined in the stand shortly afterwards by Nathan de Pasqual who is also sidelined with a broken leg, suffered in last week’s cup clash with Hamilton Bulls.
Having to cope with all the injuries, Saints were up against a clever Greenock side … and a referee who seemed intent in sending off our whole team. An amazing seven yellow cards were waved (mostly inexplicably) in our direction, with the side being reduced to 12 players for a couple of periods of the match. Our photo shows three ‘binned’ Saints watching from the sidelines.
To add to our worries. several other Saints received bad knocks in the game. One had to be taken to hospital with a damaged shoulder.