The 1st XV extended their unbeaten League run on Saturday 2nd October with a 31-21pts home win over Glasgow side Whitecraigs – giving them 5 wins from their opening 5 games in the National League Division 2.
Both sides struggled to cope with the first-half conditions as overnight rain and a strong blustery wind made handling difficult. Possession and territory were fairly evenly shared for the first 15 minutes before team captain Jack Steele found a gap in the opposition defence touch down close to the posts. Two added tries, one a penalty try won by Rory Cockburn when he was impeded illegally as he drove for the line, and the other by Nathan Brown to give Saints a commanding 19pts to 5pts lead into the interval.
Play opened up as conditions improved after the break and both sides created good chances. Saints, linking well between forwards and backs took theirs and notched up two more tries through Rory Cockburn and Rob Greenshields. Rob’s try in the 70th minute earned Saints a valuable bonus point to keep them at joint-top of the league with Glasgow High Kelvinside.
Whitecraigs – showing form which didn’t reflect their league position, fought hard in the final quarter to claw back a couple of tries, but Saints’ well-organised and unyeilding defence held out to secure a hugely successful result.
Full-time score – Dumfries Saints 31pts – Whitecraigs RFC 21pts
Captain Jack Steele ‘We started the game really well, which has not been the case in previous weeks, so that was a big positive, especially playing into a strong wind. In the second half we gave away too many penalties which allowed Whitecraigs back into the game, but we managed to see it out. It was a good bonus point victory, but we will need to be better in the next few games as we’re against teams who will also be challenging for promotion”.