OA Saints keep perfect run intact

Emma Craphorn breaks Hampstead's defensive line.

Emma Craphorn breaks Hampstead's defensive line. - Credit: Archant

OA Saints kept their perfect start to the season intact with a 31-22 away win over Hampstead.

The win means the Saints have maximum points from their opening five games, but they were made to work hard against Hampstead, who led for the majority of the first-half.

The visitors were under pressure from the start and Hampstead kicked for the corner and crashed over after setting up a rolling maul. An interception and run back took the hosts’ lead to 10-0 before OAs finally got on the scoreboard. Maddy Gunnell took a quick tap and released Nicky Cameron. Katie Robertson added the extras to put OAs within three.

The 10-point cushion was quickly restored but OAs stormed back with two tries before the break to take the lead for the first time. Cameron got the first after running down the blindside of a ruck before Sophie Tyler crashed over. Robertson converted both.

With the wind behind them, the Saints utilised their kicking game: Cameron picked out Tyler that resulted in her second try after strong rucking by Louise Blunt.

Tyler then completed her hat-trick with a solo try that saw her run the length of the pitch.

Hampstead scored the final try of the game but it had little impact on the overall score, although it did earn them a bonus point, as the Saints’ record remained perfect.