Red-hot Saints go marching on

PUBLISHED: 13:03 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

RFUW Championship South One OA Saints 89 Plymouth 0 OA Saints were in great form running in a hat-full of tries as they trounced Plymouth. The Saints were on fire from the start, after the forwards managed to turn over the ball in a ruck the ball was run

RFUW Championship South One

OA Saints 89 Plymouth 0

OA Saints were in great form running in a hat-full of tries as they trounced Plymouth.

The Saints were on fire from the start, after the forwards managed to turn over the ball in a ruck the ball was run out of the Saints' 22 and Sarah McKenna was on hand to run the ball the length of the field to score and to put the Saints 5-0 up in the first minute of the game. Karina Page added the extras.

Just minutes later and the Saints were over the line again, Page making a good break and punishing Plymouth for their poor covering defence. The forwards were turning over ball in lineouts, scrums and rucks and the flood gates opened with further scores from Page and McKenna, scrum-half Nicky Cameron and wing Robyn King to give the Saints a 46-0 half time lead.

Saints tore Plymouth apart with another nine tries in the second half. Further scores from Page and McKenna, winger Chloe Allcorn with a brace of tries, a push over scrum with number eight Cath Botterman touching down and flanker Geri Thomas all going over.

All credit to the Plymouth girls, who did not let their heads drop and continued to fight hard.

The Saints put in a fantastic team performance and were unstoppable racking up a final score of 89-0.

The centre partnership of McKenna and Page claimed five and three tries respectively, with Page also adding six conversions.

The Saints have secured top spot in the league for the second week with a total of 45 tries in their first six league matches.

The Saints have are back in action against Hove on November 29.

Saints: Barnes, Hallet, Page, McKenna, King, Openshaw, Cameron; Chandler, Brannon, Mileham, Ryan, German, Thomas, Ress, Botterman. Reps: Clark, Pretty, Mather, Williams, Allcorn.

OA Saints II continued their fine start to the season with a 39-0 away win over New Ash Green.

For most of the first half the Saints kept the home team pinned in their own half, but for the first 15 minutes the defence held firm.

An infringement from the home team in front of the posts, allowed Emma Nichol to open the scoring with a penalty for the Saints.

Shortly after the restart some fine attacking play saw the ball passed quickly along the back line to winger Jodie Carter, who streaked down the touchline to score in the corner.

Carter then repeated this only moments later offloading to scrum half Bethan Jones at the last minute for her to touch down.

For the remainder of the half the Saints retained the upper hand, though New Ash Green put in some solid defence and made some good runs forward.

Just before halftime there was one more score for the Saints, after some excellent mauling from the forwards, hooker Jo Whitten was over the line to score a try duly converted by Nichol leaving the Saints winning by 20 points at the break.

New Ash Green came back after half time with more intent, with scrums and mauls strongly contested.

The deadlock was broken by the quick running of Saints' back rows Sophie de Ronde and Lucy Willson, who linked together in a move which resulted in Willson touching down for a well worked try.

Two further tries were scored by the Saints before full time. Centre Charlie White found gaps in New Ash Green's defence touching down with Nichol converting then Nichol scored and converted her own try, to take the final score to 39-0 and a fourth successive clean sheet for the OA Saints II.


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