Stags 20 Boro 24

By Old P - December 8 2008
Stags 20 Boro 24
Cole try On a nice bright but deceptively cool day at Brinkburn the Stags who are in 5th place were looking forward to a good open match against a Middlesbrough side who are 10th place in the CANDY league. Having already secured a their place in the top six of the league it was a strong Stags side.

It was however Middlesbrough who began the match, by far the better. After a considerable amount of pressure after 11mins of play the Stags concede a penalty on the twenty-two metre line, for coming in at the side, which was kicked by Middlesbrough captain and man of the match Simon Moore (0-3). Middlesbrough continued to pile on the pressure and 6 mins later they crossed the line for a deserved try converted by Moore (0-10).

The Stags then slowly started to get into the game and were awarded a penalty on the 21 minute mark for killing the ball at the ruck on the twenty two which kicked by Luke Mallinson (3-10) which was the last score of a disappointing first half.

The second half was only two minutes old when after being penalised for killing the ball at a ruck just inside of their own half the Stags were guilt of not watching the ball. As Moore took a quick tap kick and ran through the retreating Stags players to set the right winger in for a well taken try, converted by Moore (3-!7).

Four minutes later the Middlesbrough forwards powered the ball over the Stags line after some excellent support play just to the left of the posts, converted by Moore (3-24).

The Stags eventually started to get their hands on the ball and try to play rugby and some slick handling in the backs from right to left across the field on the 51st minute saw left winger John Cole round his opposite number to score wide out, unconverted (10-24). He followed this up 3 minutes later with a mazy run through the Middlesbrough defence to score a superb solo try; that even our fixture secretary said was a good try, unconverted (17-24).

The Stags who were now at least gaining some parity in the set pieces began to pressurise the big Middlesbrough pack and as a result of some good driving play down the left wing Alex Best on his return after a long lay off through injury scored a good try on the 72 minute mark just to the left of the posts, converted by Mallinson (20-24).

The Stags were unable to turn the pressure that they applied during the rest of the game into points so they had to concede defeat to a well drilled Middlesbrough side in a game well handled by Mr Wilson the referee.

Stags: Luke Mallinson, Tom Armstrong, Simon Cavey (Mark Pearce 55), Greg Edwards, John Cole, Stewart Waites, Paul Williamson (Capt), John Greenwell, Ross Wood (Tim Sawyer 20), Adam Coates (Ryan O’Connor 50), Ben Lloyd, Johnny Wray, (Paul Miller20) Tim Sawyer (Dave Garside 20), Chris Young (Alex Barker 40), Anthony Cameron (Alex Best 40). Referee Mr A. Wilson, Durham Society