Sat 12
1st XV 'Saints'
34
-
15
League
Crediton
K Ewudzi (2), M Shepherd, D Job
Tries
M Shepherd (4)
Conversions
M Shepherd (2)
Penalties

Match preview

By Paul Hayes
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It a top of the table clash this weekend when we welcome Crediton to Tregorrick this weekend .

It is Round Ten, one game away from the half-way point of the 2022-23 season and we have the exhilarating prospect of the first top of the table clash in the new Regional 2 SW league!

First placed Crediton will travel to Cornwall on Saturday with an impressive nine wins from nine games played. They have already beaten two Cornish sides this season, beating Truro 22-18 at St Clements Hill on the first game of the season. A week later they hosted Wadebridge Camels, winning 29-17 to inflict the first league defeat on the visitors since March 2020. Since then Crediton have gone from strength to strength racking up the wins to sit top of the pile on 43 points, three ahead of the Saints in second place and ten more than Truro back in third position. They have the second-best defensive record in the Regional 2 South West league having conceded just 110 points in the campaign so far and their results to date suggest a ruthless efficiency and a team full of confidence.

They will however be facing the team with not only the meanest defence in the league, just 57 points conceded to date, but also the best attack. The Saints have scored 418 points this term, that’s 110 more than the table toppers. They have chalked up some big wins in the five games played at Tregorrick so this season averaging 63 points and 10 tries per home game in the process. I doubt very much that this will continue against Crediton with the prediction of a tough tense match in prospect.

Last season the Saints beat Crediton 36-8 in December at Tregorrick, but the game was much closer than the score line suggests. The Devonians were one of the toughest tests the Saints faced on home soil in the last campaign. Crediton took the honours at the return at Exhibition Road in April 2022 with a 19-14 win built on a strong performance from the home pack. The Saints were in the mists of a fixture pile-up with a backlog of County Cup games that stretched our resources and we struggled against a powerful Crediton team. The Saints did well to limit the home side to just 19 points and a late comeback with two converted tries had them anxiously waiting for the final whistle after they were guilty of taking their foot off the gas too soon.

Crediton are always a tough prospect on their home turf but finished 9th last season primarily to their poor record on the road. They appear to have added some away day resilience this season which has propelled them to the top of the league. It looks like a formidable challenge for both Clubs with two unbeaten records on the line, something will have to give.

The Sinners continued their fine run of form to make it a Magnificent Seven bonus point wins on the spin.

Tries from Cavan Boyer (2), Jake Clifford, Rhys Daniel ,Alex Welland, Pete Rowe and George Hutchinson topped up by seven conversions from Archie Bees saw the Sinners beat Newquay Hornets 49-3 to maintain their grip on 4th place in the Counties 2 Cornwall league. They remain one point behind third placed Veor and just two points behind leaders Saltash, albeit the Ashes and second placed St Ives have a game in hand.

This week the Sinners travel down to the Red City to take on fifth placed Redruth IIs at the Rec. The Reds got off to good start of the season winning their opening four games. They have found things harder going since then with successive defeats against the top three – losing 20-24 to Veor at home; Saltash 56-15 away; and 10-62 to St Ives at the Rec. With Redruth experiencing availability issues, last week’s game at Bodmin was cancelled and rescheduled to 22/12/2022. Despite these recent woes, Redruth IIs will be packed with good players so this will be a big test for the Sinners. They will travel West full of confidence and eager to bring the win back to Tregorrick.

The Spartans recorded their sixth win of the season beating a strong St Ives IIs 17-12 at Alexandra Road.

Flanker Henry Hutchinson grabbed a brace, and his back row partner Henry Bees added a third try in a dominant first half to lead 17-0 at the turnround. St Ives fought back in the second half to reel in the Spartans to 17-12 but a dogged defensive display in the final quarter ensured the win. The Spartans are on the road again this Saturday when they travel to Camborne to take on the Town’s second team. The Spartans won 12-0 at Tregorrick back in September so have the rare opportunity of home and away double over Camborne.

Yours in Rugby
Haysey

In Other News

Pre-match lunches – 2023 dates will be available to book soon!

The last remaining lunch of 2022 on Saturday 03/12/2022 for the visit of Sherborne RFC is also completely SOLD OUT .

With full houses for the visits of Crediton and Sherborne the announcement on how to book seats for the remaining four home league games in 2023 will be eagerly anticipated:

• 07/01/2023 Sidmouth
• 21/01/2023 Wadebridge Camels
• 11/02/2023 Chard
• 04/03/2023 Newton Abbott

It’s a great way to start off your rugby match day experience and we can accommodate any size group or singles but please act quickly if you are interested as the seats are selling fast!

Watch this space........

Please email rugby.events@staustellrfc.co.uk or call 01726 76430 (staff in 0900-1500 most week days or leave a clear message and they will call you back).

Harvester Seafood comes to Frosties Ruck ‘n’ Maul Food and Drink Outlet

St Austell RFC are delighted to announce that Harvester Seafood will be providing matchday food for spectators in Frosties Ruck 'n' Maul!

The outside drinks service has already proved to be a tremendous success, making it easier for people to get canned drinks without having to trek up and down the steps to the Main Bar balancing pints!

Well Frosties has just got a whole lot better! Have a look here to find out more and see Saturday's menu

Arrive hungry and fill up at Harvester Seafood at Frosties!

Smoking in the Stands or on the Balcony – A Gentle Reminder

Please can those of you that do smoke remember that the stands at all times during game days and the balcony (and under it) for the duration of the game are both no smoking areas. When you want to smoke up, please go to either end of the stands (the other side of the end walls) where receptacles are provided for the butts. Thanks in advance!

Volunteers

We never have enough of them, and we value immensely the ones that do step up. Al Cummins is the Supporters Club Director and volunteer coordinator, and he has done a magnificent job in recruiting the Saints Volunteers that help the match day run smoothly. For those with time to spare during the week there is the Saints Chain Gang that help with maintenance.

Want to get involved, make new friends and be part of something? Contact Al on 07902 216417 or email at alancummins@live.co.uk.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 12, Nov 2022

Kickoff

14:30

Competition

Regional 2 Tribute South West

League position

1
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Konnor Ewudzi

Star Player

Konnor Ewudzi