Under strength Uni side are taught a rugby lesson

St Andrews burst out from defence
St Andrews burst out from defence


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With term not starting again until 27th January, to be able to field a team in the RBS Caledonia league is quite a task for the local side.

But with the focus and dedication of the players based in Scotland, Saints were able to send 17 club players up north to Aberdeen to take on Gordonians RFC.

The home team raced into an early lead but Saints fought back valiantly with some outstanding attacking play and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions.

Saints focused on enjoying the game and they ran the ball from everywhere, not wanting to kick the ball to touch, and as a result the game was open with great attacking player from both teams.

Captain Jack Hannay was the catalyst for great Saints play, clearly standing out as the best player on the pitch.

His passion and commitment helped bring a score for Sean Murchie in the second half before scoring himself after a period of sustained pressure. Gordonians had too much for The Saints, however, and scored three breakaway tries when Saints were in the home side’s 22.

A bounce of a ball and two interceptions allowed three gifted tries that flattered the home team.

The university’s director of Rugby, David Ross said: “The club has two more fixtures before term begins and the main focus for the players is the chance to go on and win a BUCS title in February.

“Three games stand between them and a first Scottish Championship title in over 15 years.

“That is where the priorities lie for the club and when all players return for term, work begins to ensure they achieve that goal.

“Tough away trips to first Aberdeen Uni then Dundee will decide the outcome of the championship but The Saints have a 100 per cent record so far this season and aim to go through the league unbeaten.

“Key will be the return from injury of some influential players.”