Stags 59 City 0

By Old P - April 1 2008
Stags 59 City 0
Edwards As a result of the good work that had been done in training, by all of the players, a lot was expected of the young Stags team in this CANDY League game. The weather changed dramatically for the worst just before kick off but did not dampen their spirits or their willingness to run the ball.
City kicked off with a considerable wind and driving rain behind them. The kick off was caught by Miller who immediately set up a ruck on the ten-metre line, the ball was moved right and after another quick ruck in the middle of the field the ball was moved to Edwards on the half way line who ran under the posts to score with 1 minute 20seconds on the clock converted by Wallis (7-0).

Stunned by this the city team began to try and put pressure on the young stags pack by keeping the play tight. However they could not harness their much younger and fitter counterparts who proceeded to run in tries almost at whim. With tries by: Armstrong after 11 mins, Robinson after 12 mins , Swales after 23 mins, & 30 mins and finally Edwards after 32 mins. Three of which were converted by Wallis, kicking against a strong breeze. Half time (38-0)

With the wind behind the Stags took their foot off the pedal somewhat and allowed city back into the game with some strong surging runs from their forwards. The main feature of the game became the tremendous Stag’s defence who despite being hard pressed on occasion kept their line intact. As result of a turn-over ball and some very good handling the ball was worked down field for Williamson to run in from ten yards out in the 53rd min converted by Wallis (46-0). After some superb handling by: both backs and forwards Butcher crossed the line wide out some 4 mins later converted by Wallis (52-0). The final score of the game came in the 62nd minute when Armstrong ran in after a great solo run converted by Wallis (59-0).

This was a very good display of running rugby by the Stags in pretty awful conditions, particularly against the wind and rain in the first half. Credit must also go to the City team who despite being unable to contain their younger opposition kept competing to the end and played the game in the right spirit.

Hogan (Greenwell 40 mins), Wood, Coates, Lloyd, Robson, Baggs, (Smart 25, Miller 55), Miller, (Jackson 50), Garside, (Baggs 55), Williamson, Wallis, Swales, Robinson, Edwards, Armstrong (Barff 40, Armstrong 47), Butcher.