Tries: Bruce 4, Pique 2, McShane 2, Poole, Searle, Crawley
Cons: Crawley 8
St Francis got their season up and running with an outstanding 71 – 7 victory over Plumpton.
It only took a couple of minutes for the St Francis to score their first try when fly-half Ben Poole went over the line after some simply lovely play from the St Francis backs.
Saints did not stop their shortly afterwards Ryan Crawley finished off under the posts after a barnstorming run from centre Thomas Bruce. St Francis ran in two more tries as Adam Pique and Thomas Bruce went over to give St Francis a 26 – 7 lead at half time.
The second half turned into the Thomas Bruce show; through his blinding runs and silky hands, Bruce went to cross the line four times altogether for the Saints. The afternoon got better when Pique, McShane and Searle went over for the Saints.
Nevertheless St Francis saved the best try to last. After some simply lovely back moves from their own 22 and glamorous off loads from Schultz and Goodayle, saw John McShane finish off to end the game 71 – 7.
A try even the All Blacks would have been proud off.
This was a ferocious performance from St Francis. Their defence was strong from the first whistle, as they only conceded one try. With big performances from the forward pack including: Dave Callan, Brian Lamppost and Alex Barron.
A benchmark has now been set for St Francis. New head coach Bob Alridge will want St Francis to continue this level of performance for the rest of the season.
St Francis next game will see them travel to Rye whilst he Friars are at home to Hove 3.
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Team: Peacocke, Pawlak, Sparkes, Devlin, Crawley, Barron, Lamplough, Callan, Searle, Poole, Bruce, Morgan, Schultz, Pique, Goodayle, McGahan, Hand, Powell, McShane, Matthews, Aydin.