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ACADEMY REPORT Saints' Sixways success brings back-to-back bonuses

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Off the back of a hard-fought home victory over Leeds seven days earlier, the youngsters in black, green and gold picked up where they left off, scoring as early as the third minute and going on to wrap up the try bonus even before the hour.


Crucially, the side had also made the necassary improvements defensively and while the qualification race for the Northern Conference is now over, the victory gives them plenty to take into their final three fixtures.


The Saints started strong and it wasn't long until their early pressure told. From a 10 metre lineout, the Saints forwards turned on the power and a driving maul carried Jordan Onojaife over for a try Sam Olver would convert.


The fly half would almost set up another quickly after the restart, a fine diagonal kick finding Jamie Cooke who was only denied by good cover from the hosts. Next time Olver put boot to ball it was to take his side into double figures from the tee and while Worcester would enjoy their first spell in the Saints 22 instead of gaining ground they would lose it, Callum Young yellow carded for foul play.


Playing against 14 men, the visitors predictably reassumed control but it was from a Worcester mistake that they would next capitalise. A sloppy pass fell into the grateful hands of Josh Skelcey and with a clear sight of the line no one was going to halt the winger's recent run of scoring form.


With the hosts enjoying more of the ball after the break, the Saints demonstrated their dominance of a different kind, not only keeping the Warriors at bay but forcing them repeatedly onto the back foot.


It was an assurance in defence that emphasised their 17-point lead and when another rolling maul formed close to the Worcester line, this time Karl Wilkins was the beneficiary of an unstoppable shove.


If that score was a carbon copy of the Saints' first, albeit followed by Olver's only miss of the afternoon, then the next was eerily similar to their second as Skelcey again got the chance to stretch his legs.


It was a fine piece of opportunism that caught Worcester off guard and as well as a brace for the speeding Skelcey the score added the icing of a fifth point for the second week running - the Saints able to see out the final 15 minutes comfortably to move into fourth with games in hand.


TIMELINE

3mins SAINTS Try Onojaife Con Olver 0-7

12mins SAINTS Pen Olver 0-10

27mins WORCS Yellow Young

34mins SAINTS Try Skelcey Con Olver 0-17

HALF-TIME WORCS 0 SAINTS 17

51mins SAINTS Try Wilkins 0-22

55mins SAINTS Try Skelcey Con Olver 0-29

FULL-TIME WORCS 0 SAINTS 29