Stags 35 Carlisle 0

By Dave Picken - December 10 2007
Stags 35 Carlisle 0
Miller - On Form The Stags ran in seven tries to beat a youthful but spirited Carlisle IIs at a windy and occasionally very wet Brinkburn. The fact that no conversions were scored is testament to the fact that the Stags ran the ball at every opportunity and scored all but one of the tries out wide.

Colin Cheslin set the ball rolling after ten minutes of early pressure when an enterprising Paul Williamson sent out quick ball to the left. Ches is likely to start for the first against Aldwinians this week in the absence of Rob Thorn.

But he wasn't the only one to impress. Carl Miller was on top form at No 8 all afternoon, and the young front row of Norris Wood and Coates were dynamic in the loose and solid in the scrum. Coates bulldozed over for one try himself.

Phil Henderson was in commanding form in the line-out and the loose. He grabbed a first try himself while replacement Masshedar and Todd showed their pedigree with excellent finishes on either wing.

Carlisle had cried off the original fixture because of injuries, but were true to their word in battling the elements to arrive at Brinkburn complete with two of the clubs new South Africxan signings.

They deserved a consolation score for their pressure in the closing five minutes but the West defence held them out.