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News Archive > Sport > Saints rise into the top three

Saints rise into the top three

By Gareth Rowett 27th September 2017

Saints rise into the top three
Mark Vian is lifted in a line-out

ST AUSTELL continued their fine start to the season as they rose into the top three with their third win in a row, away at Tiverton.

It has been a great start to the campaign for the Saints and their most recent win sees them occupy a top-three position in Western Counties West.

Tiverton were put to the sword by the in-form Saints as they racked up 45 points on the road to make it three victories in a row.

The club’s director of rugby Steve Murley was full of praise for their opposition and said: “Tiverton were a difficult side to play against and I don't think their low-key position really does them justice.

“They played the game at a quick pace and scored some lovely tries while I thought their line-out was one of the best we've faced in a while. Once they get some consistency I am sure that they will climb the league.

“This was just the kind of test we wanted and I thought we acquitted ourselves well.

“The lads felt that we stepped our own game another couple of notches and set a new benchmark.

“That was certainly true in terms of try scoring. For the first time this season I felt that we delivered our attacking game with backs and forwards combining well, at pace and off loading well. I really enjoyed watching how we went about our business.

“While Tivvy attacked well, I was disappointed in the points we conceded and that is something we need to look at. Points difference is important and we need to make sure that we don't throw away any attacking advantage we get with sloppy defence. That is one area we will be emphasising this week and looking to improve on.”

The Saints return to action on Saturday and will be hoping to build on their impressive start to the season.

Torquay Athletic are the visitors to Tregorrick Park and Murley is under no illusions how difficult task they have in front of them.

He added: “Torquay are always a difficult side to play against and we need to ensure that we are fully focussed or they have the potential to turn us over.

“With our Sinners continuing their winning ways, and hoping to continue this away against Bude this week, there is a good vibe around the club. We like playing quick attacking rugby and are delivering on this at the moment. It's exciting for the players and the supporters love it. We will be working hard at training to continue our good firm across the club.”

Kick-off on Saturday will be at 3pm.

By Gareth Rowett 27th September 2017

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