ST LEONARDS 2nd XV put in a strong performance to defeat Newcastle (Staffs) 3rd XV 22-10 in a Merit league fixture Newcastle started brightly and opened the scoring when a driving maul carried one of their players over the line. The conversion was missed.
Saints hit back and Johnny Round kicked a penalty to cut the deficit, before the Riverway outfit ran in a try from Richard Brazier, converted by Round.
In the second half, Brazier, whose first try had been set up by his father Martin, scored his second and again Round converted, Newcastle quickly replied with an unconverted score, but back came Saints and they rounded off the scoring when, from the back of a scrum, a well rehearsed move lead to Dan Jones powering over the line.
Saints 2nd XV are without a fixture this weekend, returning at home to Wolverhampton 3rd XV on Saturday, November 17.
This Saturday, St Leonards 1st XV start their involvement in this season’s Rubery Owen Cup competition.
The event is being played on a group basis to start with and Saints open their fixtures at home to Hanford. Other clubs in the competition are: Whittington, Essington, Rugeley and Stone.
Having cleared the first hurdle in this season’s Staffordshire Cup, Stafford 1st XV will visit arch rivals Tamworth in the semi-finals, on a date to be confirmed.
In the first round, Stafford ran out comfortable winners over Leek 37-6. The other semi-final is Walsall v Lichfield or Burton.