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Douglas arrived late after what was believed to have been a difficult crossing from the Isle of Man, indeed one or two of the lads looked green during their warm-up.
The weather was kind and the pitch in great condition. Saints’ warm-up was on point and they were quickly out of the blocks and set about Douglas with extra intensity following a difficult week previously at Broughton Park.
Jack Sanders crossed for the first try on four minutes, closely followed by Adam Bramall and Will Grabe, all converted by Dai and Saints lead 21-0 after 16 minutes.
The bonus point was earned in the 19th minute as Ewan Nolan powered over in the corner 26-0.
Saints’ lineout was once again functioning well and providing excellent ball for the backs and on 22 minutes Dai broke the line to score under the posts and convert his own try. George Manger had a fine game at 9 and scored his first try of the day on 34 minutes, once again converted by Dai to bring the half time score up to 40-0.
The second half started, and Saints were playing away from the car park towards the 2nd team pitch. Liam Sadler scored the first try of the half after great work in midfield, another successful conversion and the score was 47-0 with 42 mins played.
On 52 minutes strong running from James O brought up his first try of the day. On the hour mark, James O scored his second try of the day under the sticks, quickly followed by George Mangers second of the day which was the result of a good break from Ewan Nolan who linked well with James O and Adam Brammall, before putting George away 68-0.
With 6 minutes remaining Jack Richards powered over close to the posts after more good forward work 75-0. The last play of the game saw Saints concede their first points at home this season as Douglas crossed for a deserved try to bring the final score up to 75-7.
Plenty of players deserved special mentions today, Dai again orchestrated brilliantly at 10 and managed 10 successful conversions from 11 attempts. George, his half back partner, had a tidy game at 9. Upfront the pack went well Will Grabe and Jack Sanders. Danny’s arrows, Greggo again full of graft and energy but Kosta took the MOM for his best performance in a Saints shirt willing to do the dirty work for others to take the credit, but it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Credit to Douglas who kept coming all day and didn’t let up, the travel mustn’t be easy, but they appeared a happy squad for which their club should be proud.
Saints were in good form for this one a game but they know they will need to take everything with them next week to the other unbeaten team in the league, Waterloo for the top of the table clash, as they say in boxing “Somebody’s 0 has gotta go!“
Image credit: Derek Salisbury Snr
Anselmians15 Adam Bramhall14 Ewan Nolan13 Liam Sadler12 Ransford Otutaha11 Thomas Banks10 David Morley9 George Manger1 Kostja Vezanovs2 Daniel Salisbury3 Derek Salisbury4 Niall Cavanagh5 Jack Richards6 Jack Sanders7 William Grabe8 Fred ClarkAnselmians SubsS1 Robert O’DonnellS2 Jonathan BonnerS3 Samuel Gregory
Douglas15 Guy Wood14 Brendan Kelly13 Max Morley-Green12 Jack Shimmin11 Charlie Henthorn10 Aidan O’Shea9 Kyle Martin1 Simon Hoddinott2 David Sherwin3 Owen Carvin4 Conor Garland5 Robert Todd6 John Dutnall7 Miguel Costa8 Blake SnellDouglas SubsS1 Thomas ColemanS2 Philip CringleS3 Mark Mcgee
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