RUGBY: St Neots clinch a second Midlands Division Four East (South) title in four seasons following final-day success
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Delighted head coach Steve Gibson insisted St Neots are back where they belong after watching his side clinch the Midlands Division Four East (South) title.
Double-chasing Saints captured the crown for the second time in four years thanks to a 43-25 triumph against Deepings on the final day of the campaign.
Gibson’s men ran in seven tries during a fine display at The Common to follow up a Hunts & Peterborough Cup semi-final victory against the same South Lincolnshire opponents the previous weekend.
Gibson said: “Everyone has worked so hard this season to get this team back to where it belongs.
“The effort on the training ground has paid off and it has brought success back to the club.
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“We know next season will be tough but the signs are good with the squad we are building and younger players, such as Finn Martin, coming through.”
Table-topping Saints quickly hit their stride against Deepings. Skipper Ross Hubbard collected an off-load from Rhod Howcroft to claim the opening try before Nic Robinson broke through a couple of tackles to touch down.
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Kieran Rook showed his speed to cut through the Deepings defence for a fine solo try before the visitors grabbed a score of their own in the final play of the opening period.
Saints introduced fresh legs at break and one of the replacements – Tom Worboys – quickly made an impact as he launched the attack that led to Grant Hobbs going over for the hosts’ fourth try.
Deepings responded with a pushover effort of their own which left Saints with work still to do to sew up victory and the title, but they completely both tasks thanks to a fine scoring salvo.
Three tries arrived in quick succession as Joe Woodgate side-stepped away from three Deepings men, prop Matt Davies touched down for the second time in as many games and Worboys left defenders trailing in his wake to join the party.
Saints allowed sloppiness to creep in as they conceded three tries in the final 10 minutes, but it did little to dampen the title-winning mood.
They can add further silverware when facing Peterborough 2nds in the Hunts & Peterborough Cup showpiece at Thorney on May 12 (1pm start).