The second half of the season saw the Saints return from Christmas break rested and ready for an intensive end to the BUCS schedule. The Men’s 1st XV endured several tight results, including a last minute loss, 32-33, in the first game back from break. Narrow victory to Leeds Beckett in the 4th round saw the Saints emerge victors 31-29 and set up a Varsity rematch against Edinburgh in the Quarter Finals. Under lights and in front of a substantial crowd, the Saints sadly fell in a gutsy performance of high intensity and physical rugby having been held up with the final play of the game, 18-22. However, fantastic Rugby was played, particularly in the Saints’ 78-0 victory against Worcester, and rounded out the season with a champagne filled performance at Manchester, where over 100 points were scored, and the Saints emerging on top 59-45.
The Women’s 1st XV endured a rather tough half of the season, matching up against eventual League winners, Stirling, twice. Despite an abundance of heart-filled performances, the Women fell narrowly to Aberdeen and 2nd place Glasgow in final BUCS’ play that pushed every member of the squad to their limits.
The Men’s 2nd XV had an equally heart-filled end to their BUCS campaign. With tough losses to Scottish 3A winners, Strathclyde in back-to-back weeks. A victory against Aberdeen in the cup highlighted the talent throughout the Club in a convincing 34-12 victory. A fitting end for the spirited squad.
The Men’s 3rd XV unfortunately only managed to take the field on one occasion since Christmas. A lack of opposition and frustrating weather failing them on regular occasions. Despite this, their sole fixture against the University of the West of Scotland 1st XV showed the increasing potential of some of the younger members of the club. With a squad consisting mainly of Freshers, the 3s put on a courageous display on Uni Park under the sun in a dominant display highlighted by the 29-15 final. A victory against a 1st team should fill many of the younger boys with confidence as the schedule now shifts to Sevens, and with momentous tournaments, such as Melrose 7s, on the horizon, there is much more rugby to remain excited over.