Saints are tricked by battling Trojans

PUBLISHED: 10:19 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 06 May 2010

RFUW Championship South One OA Saints 13 Trojans 22 SUNDAY S match was a must win game for Saints to boost them away from the bottom half of the table. Their opponents, Trojans, are in a similar position so it was vital for both teams. The game started w

RFUW Championship South One

OA Saints 13 Trojans 22

SUNDAY'S match was a must win game for Saints to boost them away from the bottom half of the table. Their opponents, Trojans, are in a similar position so it was vital for both teams.

The game started with Saints kicking into the wind but being pushed straight back into their 22 with a kick from the Trojans 10. After some time defending on their line, Saints stole ruck ball from under their posts and scrum half Nicky Cameron quickly identified space on the wing. She moved the ball to Claire McKenna who made 60 metres up the field into a headwind. McKenna kept the ball alive after being tackled and Karina Page and Robyn King both took the ball further up the pitch before Caroline Joanna Hallett took it over the line.

Trojans came back, using the wind and their weight advantage to keep the Saints pinned down in the corners. Two quick tries were scored and Trojans also capitalised on an offside at the ruck for an easy three points, taking the score to 7-15 at the break.

Saints increased the intensity in the second half and pressure from the back line forced Trojans to make mistakes and concede two penalties, both of which Sarah McKenna kicked making it 13-15 to Trojans.

After kicking their way up the pitch and finding touch, Trojans settled themselves in the opposition's 22 and threatened the Saints fringes. Strong defence from Caroline Reese and Lara Ryan were not enough to hold them and Trojans scored under the posts in the final minutes of a closely fought match. An easy conversion left the game at 13-22 at full time.

The Saints left the pitch frustrated with their performance and with a lot to work on before their next match away at Hove on the November 23.

l OA Saints Second XV played Ashford at home in their third game of the season and won 17-0.

The first points came in the first half after a team effort by the forwards who mauled over the line where Sam Field and Bethan Jones scored a joint try, followed by a great conversion from Nat Granger. In the second half, Sophie De Ronde scored under the posts after a scrum pick and go and in the last play of the game, fly half Nat Granger managed to force her way through for a third try.

Forward of the match was Sophie De Ronde and Back of the Match scrum half Bethan Jones.

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