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By August 24, 2020 No Comments

London Irish


Finally we are back up and running. Games are coming at us thick and fast and after a tough first game against Wasps last week, We tried to focus on righting the wrongs and putting together a strong performance against London Irish.


Now as we move into a hectic time, where we have 2 games a week. It is key the whole squad pulls together. As it is impossible for any player to play every 80 minute game throughout this period, so we need all 50 players throughout the squad to be ready if called upon by the coaches.


This is why there were a few changes with the squad travelling down to London. After a very slow and rusty start to the game, with a first half to forget. We started the second half extremely well, for us it was key with a 3-3 half time score that we scored the next points. Which fortunately we did, this gave us the confidence and belief to push forward to start to play rugby the way Saints want to. It is always expected after a little while away from playing to start slow and reserved but I think once we settled into the game, the lads really came to life. Scoring some very good team tries and the forward showing dominance upfront on numerous occasions. Ahsee Tuala scored one of the best tries I’ve seen in a long time, an acrobatical finish in the corner to give a much needed bonus point.


The Gallagher Premiership this year is very tight, every point matters. We currently sit in 6th after this weekend on 40 points whilst Wasps are 3 points ahead in 3rd. Another big game coming up on Wednesday against Bath at home who sit just above us in 5th on the same points tally, it really is going to come down to the wire.

Hopefully during the little period of 4 games in 2 weeks we will be able to pick up some much needed points to put us in a good place going into the final few games.


After the win at the weekend, for me it was rushing home and sorting out my girlfriends birthday celebrations and presents. Wrapping presents really isn’t my forte but we had a lovely weekend spent with family.


Hope everyone is well,