Saints Run Continues
Saints continued their unbeaten run with an excellent away win. They kicked off into the wind as both sides started at a frantic pace, the home side may be propping up the table but they showed plenty of spirit and skill. The home side took the lead after ten minutes with a penalty.
Dumfries raised their game and had their own penalty attempt which fell short. Saints piled on pressure but lacked composure at times allowing mistakes to creep in which in turn allowed the home side to lift the siege. Eventually they got their break through when Cammy Hogg attacked off the base of the scrum linking with Paddy Coupar who scored, Jordan Kerr converted and Saints were ahead.
From the kick off Saints failed to secure possession and gave up a soft penalty as a result, Shire converted to narrow the gap. Saints again returned to the offensive and when Cammy Hogg stole the home side’s line out ball they pinned the home side back earning another penalty which Jordan Kerr converted. Half time came with Saints 10-6 ahead.
The home side started the second half on the attack but Saints stole a turn over and counter attacked almost the length of the pitch. Once again Cammy Hogg stole Perthshire line out ball just five yards out and from the resultant pressure birthday boy Blair Kennedy burst over to score and mark his 21st!
Now Saints had their tails up, they were taking a more direct route and it was paying dividends. Perthshire were showing grit in defence and holding Saints out. Saints were now playing some excellent continuity rugby with Ross Henderson and Polly Smith both prominent. A turn over close to the home side line appeared to give them the chance to clear but the kick was poor and Saints ran it back at pace with Graeme Gemmell scoring the try, Jordan Kerr converted to put Saints 22-6 ahead.
Saints were now chasing the fourth try for the bonus point. From a scrum 35 yards out scrum half Finlay Miller linked with blindside winger Michael Yates, they exchanged passes as they cut through the defence for Yates to score an excellent try.
Perthshire showed there spirit however when a loose Saints line out gave them ball which they moved quickly wide for Rattray to score in the corner. Saints played out the remaining minutes comfortably with youngster Chris Montagu making his debut off the bench in the front row.
A good five point away win which with all the other top sides losing allowed Saints to close to within one point of leaders Kirkcaldy. Saints will want to cut out the mistakes for next week but have shown in recent weeks they have the ability to do so.
Team; G McCall, R Henderson, B Kennedy, S Kennedy, D Henderson, P Smith, P Coupar, C Hogg, F Miller, G Gemmell, A Whelan, S Hiddleston, V Satala, K Henderson, T Hiddleston. Subs all used; S Graham, C Montagu, A Ainslie, M Yates.