Tries: Poole, McShane, Hand
Cons: Crawley 2
The Friars travelled to Crowborough, for what you could say was their first away game of the season.
It wasn’t the start the Friars wanted when they went 14 – 0 down within the first 20 minutes.
Nevertheless in true Friars Spirit, the Friars managed to grab two tries back. First through Ladies man Poole, then followed shortly afterwards by McShane-Sexton. This brought the score to 14 – 12, then a penalty from Go-go gadget Crawley gave St Francis a 14 -15 lead at half time.
The Friars started the half stronger than the first yet but could not finish off, a bit like Liam McGahan on a night out in Moka. Eventually, just like McGahan in Moka, they were punished for this when Crowborough 2’s went over twice to make the score 26 – 15.
Yet as in the first half St Francis never gave up and with 5 minutes left on the clock Hand went over to score after excellent work from Devlin, Hand doing his usual old man tricks and taking credit for someone else’s hard work (not bad from the 67 year old).
This brought the score to 26 – 22 but St Francis could not go on to complete the comeback.
Despite the score line this was an excellent outing for the Friars with excellent performance from Fogel-Hewett, Bawden a.k.a ‘Jackal king’ and Ali-Ali Ellis.
St Francis look like they have found a new line out weapon in Rhys Egleton, who was simply lovely in the line outs.
Next weekend St Francis Friars are at home to East Grinstead 3s whilst St Francis 1s travel to Newick.