Tries: Poole 4, McShane 2 Callan, Lamplough, Goodayle
Cons: Crawley 4 Poole 1
St Francis continued their winning ways with a 55 – 22 victory away at Rye.
The Saints took the lead within 30 seconds. St Francis immediately turned the ball over on their own kick off, which lead to Ben Poole going down for his first of four tries that afternoon.
It was not all plain sailing for the Saints, as Rye responded with a penalty of their own before St Francis really turned the style on.
A simply lovely move from the backs saw McShane riverdance through Rye’s defence to score St Francis' second try of the match. Shortly afterwards Lamppost went over for St Francis' third, before Rye responded with a try.
McShane then added his second of the match, finishing a fantastic move from debutant centre Steve Etherington.
One of the positives from the game was the St Francis front row of Peacocke-McGuiness, McGahan and Sparkes proving to be too much for Rye’s front row to handle.
The first half ended with Callan barging over with a blinding run to give Saints a 31 – 8 lead at half time.
The second half turned into the Poole Show.
Poole scored his first try of the second half after excellent work from the St Francis pack saw him finish under the posts. The second try saw Poole finish off after a simply lovely run from Bruce in the centres. Poole saved his best try till last with a lovely chip and chase to score under the posts.
It was a great performance from Poole; Poole is known for finishing it off with the ladies but now we are starting to see him finish off more for the Saints.
Rye responded with a couple of tries of their own. Nevertheless it was the Saints who finished on the high as Chris Goodayle went over to end the game 55 – 22 to St Francis.
Full credit to Rye, the result was a bit unjust to them. They played valiantly in the second half and will prove to be a tough team to beat when others have to travel to them.
St Francis would also like to thank Rye for their fantastic hospitality after the game.
St Francis' next game will see them entertain Midhurst whilst the Friars are at away to Crowborough 3.
Fancy getting into Rugby? Get in touch with Alex Minnis from St Francis RFC on 07720 344944.
Peacocke, McGahan, Sparkes, Devlin, Crawley, Ellis, Lamplough, Callan, McShane, Poole, Bruce, Etherington, Matthews, Kember, Goodayle, Hand, Powell, Hewett, Harper, Morgan, Minnis.