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Women's 1st XV win away to Stirling 51-15

The bus ride to Stirling was relatively quiet. We left dreary St Andrews and slowly, through winding roads, made it to surprisingly sunny Stirling. Everyone was absorbed in their own pre-game ritual: listening to music, studying, or chatting to their neighbour. Upon arrival, the team made their way onto the pitch and began warming up. Warm up was abysmal, with many dropped balls and the team looking sleepy and unengaged. However, once the whistle blew, war cries rose up to raise the team’s aggression. Once the first try was scored, by Rebecca Thompson no less, the team let out a sigh of relief and was able to settle into some proper champagne rugby. During the second half however, defences slipped and became sloppy. The inexperience of the forwards would cause a mess behind the rucks and leave the backs vulnerable to the heavy hitters of the Stirling team. The forwards faced difficulties in numbers this week, scrambling to find scrum-trained people to put in. Old girls Kylie Courtney and Jasmine Brand-Williamson directed the forwards whilst Alex Webb was able to return to her roots and played as second row. Rugby freshers such as Imogen Hooper, Bea Hill, Naomi Boon, Katie Riley and Lily Belk made up a strong supporting scum. Katie Riley scored her first try ever and celebrated loudly on the pitch. The back line showed off moves perfected in practice with brilliant offloads and switch passes. Their efforts resulted in tries from Agnes Chauvet, India Roche and Comfort Ogbonnaya. Although off to a sleepy start, the team pulled together to win 51-15 against Stirling University.
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University of St Andrews RFC Men’s 1st XV on the verge of BUCS Title

The Men’s 1st XV defeated Aberdeen yesterday at King’s 6-36 in what was one of the most impressive performances of recent years.
Aberdeen had only lost 1 game in the past 6 years at home, so the task for the boys to remain undefeated in their BUCS season was going to be huge.  One of the most impressive things about the performance was the team’s defensive effort. Aberdeen had sustained pressure on our line mid-way through the second half for around 15 mins. Despite the score at the time being 6-26, we defended with such intensity and desire that repelled Aberdeen time and time again and managed to turn the ball over after defending for around 18 phases and clear out lines.  This game was the first in over 3 years that Aberdeen had failed to score a try at home.

An outstanding display from the whole squad.
Before the crucial BUCS game away to Aberdeen, The Saints enjoyed a visit from a special guest to present the selected players with their match day jersey. Mr Gordon Stewart, the captain of the 57/58 team, was invited to say a few words and talk about the history of the club from his day in charge of the 1st XV. An inspiring moment for the players, especially when Gordon arrived in his club blazer from that season and what he referenced as one his most prized possessions. Thanks to Gordon, his words obviously stirred something in the team that went on to produce a sensational performance.
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1st XV play Bristol 1st XV in Friday Night Lights

A great opportunity to play one of Britain’s top university rugby teams presents itself on Friday 31st January with Bristol University RFC coming on tour to St Andrews for the weekend for a post exams trip.

Saints, off the back of a solid week of mid season training, are focused on using this tough game as an ideal springboard for the restart of their BUCS season where they are 3 games from creating history.

The squad has many returning players from injury after the lengthy ‘winter break’ which is great news for the club who were really struggling with over 30 players injured in late October/early November.

Team to play Bristol University 1st XV

15 L Turnbull                  
14 S Murchie                               
13 H Jose
12 J Hannay
11 J Goddard                  
10 S Docherty                  
9 J MacDonald
1 J Gordon
2 M Campbell           
3 S Berguis                 
4 H Baylis                       
5 K Leask                         
6 C Harries                    
7 R R Thomas 
8 L Scott               

16 G Di Castri
17 W Kesley     
18 G Hailstone
19 L Stewart                
20 J Wardle                       
21 Y Takahashi
22 D Clink
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University of St Andrews RFC will be taking on Bristol University on Friday 31st January in St Andrews under floodlights, as we prepare for the restart of the BUCS season. Bristol University are on a post exams tour in between their BUCS fixtures. Sure to be a cracker of a game. KO 7pm (tbc). More details released closer to the time.
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