Heughers 12 Stags 34

By Old P - April 10 2008
Heughers 12 Stags 34
Tinker Try From the kick off the Stags took the game to their hosts and were awarded a penalty in the first three minutes, which they failed to convert. However they kept up the pressure on the Heughers with some good running and the winning of some quick ruck ball.
Unfortunately some of the handling was not what their many supporters who were present have come to expect from them and some good overlaps were not fully exploited.

But it was only a matter of time before the breakthrough came. After 13 minutes of play they opened the scoring following a scrum some twenty metres out No8 Garside broke into mid-field and gave a great pass out of the tackle to put his captain Williamson in next to the right hand post, converted by Wallis (7-0).

The stags immediately return to the Heughers half. On the 17th minute mark they were awarded a penalty twenty metres out and the Rovers no 11, was sin binned kicked by Wallis (10-0).

This was a major turning point of the game where the Stags utilised their numerical advantage to the full with two tremendous tries both by Butcher, they were both as a result of quick running and some very slick handling by the backs the first being as a result of a very well timed run and pass by Thomas from full back to Butcher on the 20th minute, converted by Wallis (17-0) and the second as a result of good quick ruck ball on the 23rd minute mark being moved out to the wing allowing Butcher room to round the covering defence, converted by Wallis (24-0).

Once returned to full strength the Heughers did manage to mount a series of attacks on the Stags line and eventually drove a maul over the Stags line on the 33rd minute where it was grounded by Pinchen, unconverted (24-5).

Right on the stroke of half time the Stags won some quick ruck ball in mid-field and as a result of some good handling by the forwards saw Norris cross the line, unconverted (29-5).

The second half began very quickly by the Stags who were moving the ball very quickly and 7 minutes into the half Thomas broke free of the covering defence to score on the right wing, unconverted (34-5). At this point the Stags seemed to ease off slightly allowing the Heughers to mount a series of forward drives on their line. The referee then on the 55th minute sin binned two of the Stags first Smart and then two minutes later Robinson.

One would have expected that with this numerical advantage the Heughers would make real inroads into the score line. They did mount some serious attacks upon the Stags line but some heroic and at times breathtaking defensive work by all 13 players limited the Heughers to one try by Arnell, converted by Barnfield (34-12) on the 60th minute. Once returned to full compliment the Stags ensured that the last quarter of the game was played mainly in the Rovers half.

As a result of this hard fought but cleanly contested game the Stags can now look forward to a trip to: Hornby Park next Wednesday night 16th of April for a match against Seaton Carew first team.

Stags: Thomas (Swales 48), Hare, G Robinson (Armstrong 70), Edwards, Butcher, Wallis, Williamson, Hogan (Wood 20), Norris, Greenwell (Coates 40), Henderson (Lloyd 50), Robson, Baggs, Smart, Garside. Reps: not used Jackson

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