1st XV play Bristol 1st XV in Friday Night Lights

A great opportunity to play one of Britain’s top university rugby teams presents itself on Friday 31st January with Bristol Uni RFC coming on tour to St Andrews for the weekend for a post exams trip.

Saints, off the back of a solid week of mid season training, are focused on using this tough game as an ideal springboard for the restart of their BUCS season where they are 3games from creating history.

The squad has many returning players from injury after the lengthy ‘winter break’ which is great news for the club who were really struggling with over 30players injured in late October/early November.

Team to play Bristol University 1st XV

15

L Turnbull                  

14

S Murchie                               

13

H Jose

12

J Hannay

11

J Goddard                  

10

S Docherty                  

9

J MacDonald

1

J Gordon

2

M Campbell*           

3

S Berguis *                 

4

H Baylis                       

5

K Leask                         

6

C Harries                    

8

L Scott               

7

16

G Di Castri

17

W Kesley     

18

G Hailstone

19

L Stewart                

20

J Wardle                       

21

Y Takahashi

22

D Clink

R R Thomas                   

Gordonians run away with entertaining game

With term not starting again until 27th January, to be able to field a team in our RBS Caledonia league is quite a task 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 on Saturday.

Not having played a game since early December, it was no wonder that the boys from the ol grey toon were quite rusty and it was their defence that let them down with too many missed tackles during the game allowing a good Gordonians side to break the line and score. 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 ‘having a go’ which they did running the ball from everywhere and 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 with his passion and commitment in every situation and with that brought 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 3breakaway tries when Saints were in the home sides 22 and a bounce of a ball and 2interceptions allowed 3gifted tries that flattered the home team.

The game finished 50-14 to Gordonians but the key outcome for University of St Andrews was that we did not have any injuries from the game. The club has 2more 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 15years. 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% record so far this season and aim to go through the league unbeaten. Key will be the return from injury of some influential players but also the hard work that must be put in by everyone to strive to achieve the goals and create history for the club.