Dumfries Saints 1st XV
Tennents National League 2
Preston Lodge 20 Saints 14
Horrible conditions at Preston Lodge meant it was never going to be a classic game. Saints started slowly and it ultimately cost them. After 15 mins Saints were two tries down – the first through a charged down kick and the second from a lot of Preston Lodge phases. Luckily for Saints the two conversions were missed. Score 10-0. A further penalty 20 mins in made it 13-0 to the home side. Saints got into the game but were dealt a hammer blow on the stroke of half time when they threw an interception which Preston Lodge ran in under the posts. Half time score 20-0. Second half was all Saints. A try from Jack Johnstone after sniping from 9 and another from Pete O’Malley were both converted by Jack Steele to make it 20-14 with 20 minutes to go. Saints tried for a third but Preston Lodge’s defence stood firm.
Having lost the past two games Saints drop to 3rd place in the league but still have a game in hand.
Dumfries Saints 2nd XV
Tennents West Reserve League Division 2
Saints 2s 47 Irvine 2s 10
Irvine started strong and kept possession but a strong Dumfries defence meant Irvine didn’t make any territorial gain and struggled to get out their own half.
10 minutes in and Dumfries managed to get hands on the ball and go through the phases to put Chris Tatham in at the corner for a try, converted by Edward Martin.
Dumfries secured the restart and with Irvine defending well Dumfries had to work hard to retain possession. A penalty on halfway gave Dumfries the chance to kick deep for touch and a great driving maul from the lineout put Declan O’Donnell over the line to score. Edward Martin converted.
A superb angled run saw Rick Dodington score from the halfway line and again Edward Martin converted.
Last play before half time and some hard work by the forwards created space for Chris Tatham to go round the outside to secure the bonus point. Edward Martin converted.
In the second half Chris Tatham got his third unconverted try. Dumfries switched off at this point thinking job done, which allowed Irvine to play rugby and score 2 easy unconverted tries. Some harsh words amongst the players behind the posts saw concentration return and play improving allowing Declan O’Donnell to power over from 5 metres for his second try which was converted by Edward Martin.
With a scrum on halfway and last play being called it would have been easier to kick the ball out but Dumfries decided they weren’t finished and the forwards worked some phases to allow Gregory Robinson to pick at the back of a ruck and go over for a try. Chalmers Porteous secured the conversion to score his first points for the club.
Dumfries Saints u/18 Colts 25 v Whitecraigs u/18 Colts 24
With Colts’ captain, Gregor Hiddleston being promoted to 1st XV duties and several key players injured, the Colts took to the field with some slight trepidation. Their previous encounter with Whitecraigs had resulted in a heavy 42-24 defeat. Saints kicked off with the ball going directly into touch. Scrum back on the half-way line to the visitors. Not a good start! However, the Colts rallied and camped in the visitor’s half. Their efforts were rewarded with a penalty which Young converted. A better start! This galvanized the visitors into action and their efforts were rewarded with a converted try. The tenor of the game appeared to be set. It was now the turn of Saints’ Ben Watson to show considerable drive and determination to score allowing Young to convert for the extra two points. Some sloppy defence allowed the visitors to score two further converted tries causing harsh words to be uttered by the coaches! 10-21 to the visitors at half-time. Not looking good for the Colts and augured a repeat of their previous encounter with Whitecraigs. Up stepped Logan O’Malley who, with a series of determined and decisive runs, scored. The Colts seemed to vacillate between quality play, poor basic handling and defensive errors. Eventually, they manged to put together a series of phases which allowed Young to score a converted try. The score 22-21 made for a nail-biting final quarter. A soft penalty allowed the visitors to regain the lead with the score 22-24 in their favour but hard work and endeavour by the Saints kept the visitors pinned down in their own half and a penalty was awarded to the home side. Young kept his nerve and duly slotted the ball over. 25-24 to Saints. The final five minutes were extremely tense but the Saints’ Colts hung on for their victory. Ross Hamlet was awarded Saint’s player of the match.
Next Weekend’s Rugby Programme
Saturday ko 2pm
1s Home to Kirkcaldy
2s Away to Lenzie
Micros and Minis
Sunday 1st December at 10am
Home to Cumnock