St Francis got back to their winnings ways on Saturday after an incredibly entertaining game against Horsham 3s. Horsham had brought a challenging side mixing the old guard with youth and they were some really exciting talent who tested St Francis whenever they had the chance.
Horsham were first on the leaderboard when their outside centre made a burst through the Saints defence and scored under the posts – it looked for a moment that the Saints were going to be in for torrid afternoon.
It was Jack Norrie who scored the first of many Saint’s try in a well composed attack from their line out. Norrie, putting in his third man of the match performance this season, scored a second try later in the game.
Hugely influential Captain Tom Bruce scored under the posts after the backs went on the attack and this was shortly followed by an incredible try from fly half Privitera who weaved his way through Horsham’s defence comfortably.
As the game went on the Saints continued to find their form and in the second half some tactical changes saw winger Alex Reid come on and score in the first few minutes of the second half. Another notable change was bringing on Jason Boyer who made a huge impact in the front row which proved too strong for Horsham – he was also unlucky to be disallowed a try as he charged for try line only to be ‘held up’.
The Saints are continuing to grow as a team and it seems clear that with Emon Keshavarz slotting into the scrum half position it has helped the team hugely. His brother Arjan also has to be noted for putting in a bruising display as he made hard yards round the park tackling and looking for the offloads.
Horsham managed to score once more in the dying minutes of the game as a quick reaction to a charge down saw them score in the corner.
Saints face Norfolk Arms away at their new ground next week – the Arms are always a side that Saints relish and will again test them as they push to hold themselves at the top end of the table.
Paul Sparkes / Ryan Lace / Vincent McGahan / Mark Devlin / Darren Shadbolt / Arjan Keshavarz / Jack Norrie / Steven Hand / Emon Keshavarz / Antonio Privitera / Tom Bruce (Capt) / David Ayres / Tim Rodgers / Adam Pique / Alex Minnis
Jason Boyer / Matthew Vaughan / Mark Eastman / Alex Reid / Gary Hall / Warren Shortz
St Francis 1st XV 31 Horsham 3s 12