Heughers 15 Stags 36

By Old P*** - September 8 2009
Heughers 15 Stags 36
Southern The Stags travelled across town to begin their defence of the CANDY League. With Rovers first team at home, the match was played on Tech's Grayfields pitch. On a bright sunny day with a westerly breeze blowing down the pitch.
The match kicked off with the Stags playing towards the club house, into the breeze. From the outset they began to demonstrate some of the enterprising play that the coaches have been looking for in training. However due to a culmination of errors, mistimed passes and a general lack of cohesion things did not go as planned. It took them some time to settle down into a recognisable pattern of play.

On the 20 minute mark a series of good quick handling and interplay with Scott Butcher allowed debutant: Zac Southern to run in the first try in the right hand corner which was unconverted (0-5).

The Heughers then began to put pressure on the visitors by trying to take the game to the Stags through their forwards. Which for a while was successful however once the Stags got hold of the ball they kept moving it wide and then on the 25th minute it was moved to the left wing John Cole 5 metres inside his own half, for him to sprint over the line to score, unconverted (0-10).

Virtually from the restart as a result of a good offload from a tackle by debutant scrum half Harry Redhead. John Cole was again set free 30 metres out down the left wing where he stepped inside the Heughers covering full back and ran in under the posts, converted by Southern for the last score of the first half (0-17)

From the restart the Stags tried to move the ball out wide to the right wing but the floated pass was intercepted by the Heughers winger who ran in there first try (5-17).

The Stags began to attack immediately and after some good forward drives on the 48th minute as a result of some good interplay with fellow flanker Liam Bailey, Alex Barker charged over the line under the posts converted by Southern (5-24).

Whilst the Heughers defended there line quite well they were split open in tremendous fashion by a searing run by Stags centre Will Turnbull who crossed the line on the 57 minute mark unconverted (5- 29).

However the Heughers led by outstanding flanker N. Howe showed that they were not going to allow the Stags to run away with the game by crossing the line twice on the 61st and 70th minutes to bring the score to (15-29).

The last score of the game went to the Stags where after wing a ruck on the left wing the ball was moved very quickly to the other side of the field where as a result of a blistering run by Scott Butcher he crossed the line on the five metre line, converted by Southern (15-36)

Whilst this was not as cohesive a performance from either team as the coaches would like it was an entertaining game which was played in a good spirit by everyone.

Stags:

M. Hogan (J. Greenwell 45), A. Dixon, J. Greenwell (C. Robinson 30, A Coates 40), B. Lloyd (J. Rafferty 40), A. Robson (B. Lloyd 65), L. Bailey, S. Smart, A. Barker, H. Redhead, G. Robinson, J. Cole, P. Hodgson, W. T