Saints still top after superb win at Bath
PUBLISHED: 09:33 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010
RFUW Championship South One Bath 11 OA Saints 15 OA SAINTS travelled down to Bath on the back of a great team result against the Trojans, determined to get some revenge on the only team to beat them home and away in the league last season. It was a very
RFUW Championship South One
Bath 11 OA Saints 15
OA SAINTS travelled down to Bath on the back of a great team result against the Trojans, determined to get some revenge on the only team to beat them home and away in the league last season.
It was a very physical game from the off. It was Bath who opened the scoring with a penalty from the 22m line. With Bath's fly half making effective use of her boot to pin the Saints back near their own try line, the Saints' discipline slipped again and conceded another penalty which Bath converted.
The Saints refused to let their heads drop and managed to steal possession back after kick-off with some great work from flanker Caroline Rees to allow the back line some quick ball. The back line made great use of this with a great strike move which allowed wing Chloe Allcorn to score in the corner, keeping her top of the try scorers' list in the league with eight tries in five games. This brought the score back to 6-5 after the difficult conversion from the touchline fell short.
The Saints continued to build on some great possession with some great running from centre Karina Page making good use of an interception and being hauled down just metres away from the opposition try line. Saints reacted quickly to support but Bath recovered and defended strongly to force the Saints out wide where they stole the ball quickly and broke down the touchline to score unopposed to make the score 11-5 at the break.
The Saints made some tactical changes at half -time which proved to re-ignite them.
A powerful Saints scrum saw the ball move to McKenna who crashed the ball up gaining some vital yards. After quick ball from scrum half Nicky Cameron, the ball was moved out to wing CJ Hallett to score in the corner to make the score 11-10 with the momentum in the Saints' favour.
Bath continued to fight hard with some fast strong running from their forwards and their centres but the Saints' defence held strong, resisting the pressure and clearing their lines.
The Saints made use of a scrum in the middle of the pitch to allow the backline to run a great move allowing McKenna to sidestep and shimmy her way past two Bath players to score under the posts. The windy conditions prevented the conversion.
With both teams determined to fight to the final whistle, Saints held the Bath attack off despite being reduced to 14 players for the final 10 minutes of the game but the Saints held on.
OA Saints' next league fixture is against Plymouth at Woollams, on Sunday.