Upton leave it till the last minute again
Penalty try in the final minute sneaks victory
Upton recorded their second win a row but once again left it really late.
With some tough fixtures coming up Upton knew a home win was essential to keep pace with the league. Despite being in 9th place the distance to the top is very close so every point counts.
Upton started well maintain possession in the phases as well as dominating the scrum and their own line out. However both teams lacked the cutting edge out wide and with defence strong around the fringes neither side looked like scoring early on.
Upton took the lead though when open side Freddie Barrell ripped the ball in the tackle and then sped away from 40 metres to score. Rob Heeley knocked the conversion over for 7-0. Despite playing against the wind Upton were on top and Heeley stretched the lead with a penalty to make it 10-0. Upton continued to threaten and looked like scoring again when from 10 metres out the ball went down in the backs and St Andrews sped away to score under the posts to make it 10-7 at half time.
Upton then decided to go to sleep for approximately 30 minutes as Rugby St Andrews dominated the second half. The visitors scored early in the half when they pushed Upton back on their own 5 metre scrum. They stole the ball and bundled over for an unconverted try. Upton continued to infringe and when they did have the ball continually spilled it. If Rugby had had more about them they would have put the game out of site but strong defence from Upton and a missed penalty meant the score remained at 10-12 as the game entered the final 10 minutes. Heeley missed a long penalty to take the lead but the visitors kept infringing and Upton kept looking for a try from their dominant line out. However it took into the final minute when Upton once again looked like they would roll over from the maul. Rugby St Andrews pulled the maul down over the line and as they failed to move away the ref decided it was enough to award a penalty try for Upton to sneak the win.
Upton go to leaders Shipston on Saturday and should welcome back rower Harry stokes into the side after his work commitments.