Saints 2nd XV 29 – Islay 20

Last weekend Saints travelled through the night to Islay for what is normally their final game of the season. This fixture has now been firmly cemented into the club calendar and is a much anticipated trip where participating is the main aim and friendly rivalry renewed.

Old friendships were revisited and new ones forged as the Ileach maintained their high tradition of being excellent hosts. The new tourists have been well and truly converted into honorary islanders.

With eighteen players making the trip plenty of game time was made available to all the players. On a beautiful spring day, a strongish breeze whipping in from the Atlantic ensured that the elements played a crucial part in proceedings making this a proverbial game of two halves.

Saints kicked of with the breeze at their tail. Play was flowing and at times Saints showed their prowess when taking substantial lead. However the local side were not be outdone, and what they maybe lack in finesse they make up for in effort and guile. This restricted the scoring.

In the second half the home side, with the elements to help, took the game to Saints and a late flourish brought the teams closer but Saints held on for victory

For the record Saints scorers were Lewis, Currie, Thomson, McClatchey and Lethardy.

The tour ended with a memorable trip around Bruichladdich Distillery.

Tour party: Riddick, Smith, Currie, Lewis, Boyd, Hogg, Lethardy S, MacIntyre, Macrae, Strawbridge, Greene, McCornick, Thomson, McClatchey M, Haggerty B, Lethardy J, Haggerty R and McClatchey S, Little and Ferguson