This Sunday saw the Saints host Romford & Gidea under the lights due to poor visibility on a foggy afternoon, where both teams were keen to battle for the win.
A large number of scrums meant the battle up front was uncompromising and the tight exchanges were won by the Saints whose scrummaging prowess – that has been displayed all season – gave a platform for the backs. On multiple occasions the Saints battered into the R&G defensive line, finally getting their reward with a kickable penalty, duly slotted by fly-half Katie Robertson.
The territory and possession was all in favour of the home side who put together some impressive phase play but were unable to capitalise with the deserved try, being guilty of making errors in the last crucial phase. Romford stayed in the game and after the half-time break Saints moved away from the game plan which had pressurised the visitors so much, allowing them to construct some of their own impressive attacking play, showing some good pace out wide and fine passing.
Despite having the upper hand in all areas of contact and in particular the scrummage, Saints were not rewarded with the penalties they worked for. The frustration built and errors crept in which let Romford off and gave them opportunities to strike. The pressure told and a splendid sequence of play from the visitors earned them a try in the left hand corner after a lineout and some slick passing from the right-hand touchline.
The Saints were not giving up and battled hard for the final few minutes, creating opportunities but again being guilty of not making the best decisions. The final whistle brought emotion on both sides after a very physical battle, the Saints left rueing their missed opportunities but being able to draw great confidence from some of the exciting rugby they have shown themselves capable of.