ST LEONARDS 1st XV remain firmly on course for promotion from the Midlands 5 West (North) division this season.
This week they made it nine wins in ten so far this campaign when running out worthy 32-3 winners away to local rivals Rugeley.
The hosts were first to put points on the board when converting a penalty. But Saints hit back almost immediately when George Nichol took a firm grip of the ball from a line-out, controlled it through a massive driving maul and sent Kelvin Westwood over for an unconverted score.
The next phase of the game led to a second Saints try, this time from full back Rich Farrow, who also added the conversion. It was 15-3 in Saints’ favour at the break, thanks to a Farrow penalty.
After the interval, Saints continued to press and another driving maul from a line-out created a chance for Shaun Whiting, who gathered and left four Rugeley defenders in his wake to score, with Farrow adding the extra points.
Loose head prop Mark Lister then broke clear some 30 metres before being stopped, but Aaron Rogers was on hand to run in another Saints try.
In the final minutes of the game, Saints were still looking to add to their tally and they regained possession from a scrum and eventually, scrum half Adam Fewtrell shipped the ball out wide to Rogers who went over for his second try.
This Saturday, Saints will look to boost their title chances when visiting Stourport. On Saturday week they entertain Birmingham Barbarians.
STAFFORD 1st XV were on the receiving end of a home league defeat against high-flying Midland 2 West (North) outfit Moseley Oak on Saturday.
For mid-table Stafford it was their seventh league reverse of the campaign, but this Sunday they will hope to reach the final of the Staffordshire Cup when visiting Tamworth on Sunday (2pm). Pictured clearing for Stafford on Saturday is Dan Smith.