Brackley continue poor form

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Brackley’s poor run of form continued this week with a disappointing 43-3 away loss at Rugby St Andrews in Midlands Three East (South).

Though the visitors put up a competitive showing in the first half of a highly physical contest, St Andrews piled on the pressure in the second preiod to emerge winners by seven tries and four conversions against a solitary penalty goal.

St Andrews began strongly, subjecting Brackley to a torrid seven minutes on their goal line, culminating in the first try of the game.

The pattern of play was repeated in the second quarter, with Brackley again labouring for a prolonged spell to clear their line, but they were unable to withstand further pressure to concede a second unconverted try as half time approached.

Brackley opened the second period with a bright period of play, which was rewarded by Alfie Ling’s penalty, but that seemed to spark St Andrews into life and the hosts raced away with victory thanks to five tries in quick succession that completed a comprehensive bonus-point win.

Brackley, who are currently second from bottom having won just twice this season, are at home to fellow promoted club St Ives this weekend, with a victory vital to their survival hopes.