Stags 46 Penrith 5

By Old P - November 17 2008
Stags 46 Penrith 5
First try On a lovely sunny autumnal day with light wind blowing across the Brinkburn pitch visitors Penrith were expecting a good hard fast running game. Unfortunately for them they did not expect to see the Stags players running at such pace and with such good handling and team work.
Penrith kicked off and the ball was caught by prop Coates 15 metres into the Stags half of the field. He promptly set off on a galloping 50 metre run up the middle of the park through the Penrith forwards and out into the open field where he was eventually hauled down by a despairing defender. The supporting Stags players set up a series of quick rucks and the ball was moved to the right of the field where centre Howe ran through the covering defence to score with only 2 mins on the clock, unconverted (5-0).

From the resulting kick off the Stags immediately ran the ball back into the Penrith half and after a series of attacks on their line the Penrith defence was breached as the result of surging run by Rudd in his first competitive game of the season, unconverted (10-0).

From the kick off Penrith finally managed to put some pressure on to the Stags and began to utilise their larger more experienced pack to press into the home twenty two however some good tackling by Robinson and Howe saw the ball turned over on the 16 min mark and the Cheslinís aided and abetted by Cavey ran the ball the length of the field with C. Cheslin scoring under the posts for Robinson to convert, (17- 0).

Some 8 mins later a good defensive tackle by A Cheslin saw Cavey sprint clear to pass to the supporting C. Cheslin to score his second, converted by Robinson (24-0).

The next score came on the 32 min mark as a result of a series of quick rucks down the left hand side of the field where Butcher was set free to score wide out, unconverted (29-0).

From the resultant kick off the Stags were caught out and after a series handling errors the big Penrith pack recycled the ball very quickly and their big No 8 ran in a try in the right hand corner(29-5) thereby completing the first half.

The Stags were immediately on the attack from the kick off and with only 5 mins on the clock Howe was set free down the middle of the park some twenty metres out to cut through the defence to score under the posts, converted by Robinson (36-5)

The game then began to settle down a bit with Penrith looking to move the ball through their forwards at every occasion. Where as the Stags tried to move the ball out into the wide open spaces at every opportunity. Unfortunately for the Stags their passing in the second half did not match those of the first, as a result of which their play did not have the same fluency. However they kept attacking and on the 60th min mark C. Cheslin crossed the line on the right touchline, unconverted (41-5).

On the 72 min replacement winger Cole got his name on the score sheet with a great piece of follow up play to score wide out, unconverted (46-5).
Whilst the Stags certainly had the better of this encounter, credit must go to the visiting Penrith team who never let their heads drop and competed all the way through the game, which was well controlled by Durham Society referee: Mr J Bell.

Stags: J. Greenwell, R. Wood, A Coates, M. Hogan (S. Smart 60), B. Lloyd, P. Rudd, C. Young, S. Smart (A. Cameron 55), P. Williamson (Capt.), G. Robinson, S. Butcher (J. Cole 50), N. Howe, A. Cheslin, S. Cavey, C. Cheslin.