1st XV v Lasswade 08.11.18

Lasswade 25   Dumfries Saints 29

When the two sides met at Park Farm at the start of the season Saints won 87: 7, this was a much improved Lasswade team and a hard fought victory away from home.

Lasswade opened the scoring with two penalties in quick succession followed by a yellow card for Saints backrow Ben Johnstone deemed to be offending for targeting the ball at the breakdown. Once Saints settled down to the idea that this was not a day for winning turnovers the game settled down. A typical charging run by second row David Andrew took the ball up field before off-loading to Robert Neill who held up the defence to let Robert Douglas sprint through to score behind the posts. Conversion by Jack Currie 6 : 7.

Saints had the bulk of the possession for a spell with Lasswade using the wind to clear their lines the length of the pitch. An interception on halfway gave them a try but it went unconverted, 13 : 7.

Lasswade defence was solid with the wind in their backs but some good consistent possession from rucks gave Robert Douglas a chance to break down the right wing and link brilliantly with Robert Neill to finish off out wide. The conversion was missed 13 : 12.

Saints targeted the right wing and break by Sam Hiddleston was taken forward by Robert Douglas and finished off by Andrew Whiteford, Jack Currie kicked the conversion and they into halftime 13 : 19.

With the wind Saints settled into the Lasswade half and piled on the pressure onto the Lasswade defence who struggled to clear their lines. Jack Currie kicked a penalty to keep the scoreboard clicking.

Lasswade got back into the Saints 22 and threw everything at the Saints defence which was holding out fine till a chip and chase bounced well for Lasswade to touch down. The conversion took the score to 20 : 22.

For the next 20 minutes Saints were in the Lasswade half much of it in the 22, but a strong defence and some white line fever kept them for scoring until and loose ball landed at Robert Douglas’s feet and there was only going to be one winner of the kick and chase. Jack Currie converted taking the score to 20 : 29.

Lasswade were not to have the last word and again after some sustained possession in the Saints 22 the same chip and chase move gained them the final score in the final minutes, the conversion was missed and the final score Lasswade 25 Saints 29 with both sides deserving their bonus points. For a side facing relegation Lasswade put in a powerful performance and could rally back in the later part of the season.

Saints showed some real tenacity up front and great skill and pace in the backs and the crowd were treated to an excellent contest.

Squad: Sean Graham, Tom Martin, Craig Goldie (Captain), James Clyde, David Andrew, Ben Johnstone, Ryan Cruikshank, Luke Gilbert, Jack Currie, Joseph Strain, Michael Yates, Sam Hiddleston, Robert Douglas, Andrew Whiteford, Robert Neill, Douglas Boyd, Kyle Lindsay, James Thompson and Jay McGuffie.

Next week Saints are at home to Preston Lodge in a 2pm kick off and seeking revenge for the 29 : 21 defeat at Pennypitt back in September.

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