Mowden Park 3 Stags 51

By Stags Management - September 20 2010
Mowden Park 3 Stags 51
Ben Lloyd After last weeks opening 24 - 7 win over Boro with tries from S Cavey [2], D Tighe, J Cole and two conversions from Zac Southern, the Stags put in an impressive performance with a 51 - 3 away win at Darlington Mowden Park.
Last week against Middlesbrough was a typical first league game of the season were we tried to do too much and it was all a little bit frantic, with quite a few unforced errors.

This weeks performance was far more controlled and assured with a dominant forward performance. We are looking to play a more expansive game, but occasionally we need to play to our strengths and with the forwards dominating so much we utilised this and made this the platform for our attack. We were able to reduce on the number of errors and consequently were able to go through the phases, which resulted in us being able to breakdown the DMP defence.

DMP were a fairly young team and only really looked threatening in open play and on the counter attack, although our defence was solid and we restricted them to a solitary first half penalty.

The first half finished with us leading 20 - 3 with tries from Simon Cavey (6), Ben Lloyd (31), a penalty try for collapsing the maul (38), plus a conversion (38) and a penalty (2), both by Zac Southern. In the second half we continued to press with our forward dominance and notched a further five tries from Davey Tighe (42), Greg Edwards (55), the evergreen Anthony Cameron (58), Paul Miller (70) and Simon Cavey (75), with Zac Southern converting three of the tries (42, 55, 70).

During the second half we forced into making a few changes with Ross Wood coming on for the injured Chris Young and Darren Thomas, who had earlier been replaced by Greg Edwards, coming back on to replace the injured Ben Lloyd. The enforced changes caused quite a lot of re-organising of the forwards, but we coped with this well and it didn't really disrupt our game plan.

There will be more testing games in the next few weeks with Tynedale and Morpeth, following the friendly with Rovers this weekend, although if we continue to improve and play with the same commitment that we showed on Saturday these are games we can definitely win.

Sorry this is a bit late and not very detailed but it's the first attempt and hopefully the quality and timing will improve as we go through the season, I'd also just like to point out that I would've been able to make a few more notes if most of my time hadn't been spent organising the back room staff (Tinker)!!

Starting XV: D Thomas, S Cavey, P Miller, N Howe, S Waites, D Tighe, J Greenwell, A Dixon, M Hogan, C Miller, B Lloyd, C Young, A Cameron, J Rafferty
Res: P Williamson, R Wood, G Edwards