Stags 38 Heughers 7

By Stags Management - September 22 2010
Stags 38 Heughers 7
Biblical West Stags took on Rovers Heughers on a sunny afternoon at Brinkburn. West initially played into a brisk breeze clearly inspired by club captain Andrew Dixon biblical pre-match speech.
The first thirty minutes saw no points being scored, through a combination of resolute Rovers defence, a series of “silly” penalties by West at the breakdown and over complication leading to errors allowing Rovers to temporarily relieve pressure from there twenty-two.

West’s lineout and driving maul worked well throughout the game and on thirty five minutes they drove Rovers from halfway to inside their twenty two. Rovers conceded a penalty when they collapsed the maul to prevent further advance into the “red zone”, from the penalty West kicked to the corner and from the lineout the driving maul was again deployed driving Rovers to within five metres of their line. With all the Rovers forwards in the maul, Tighe saw the opportunity to sneak down the blind side and opened the scoring, conversion from the sideline missed 5-0.

From the restart West forwards ran the ball back up field and Rovers were again penalised at the breakdown allow West to kick for the corner. Good work from C Miller at the lineout allowed the driving maul to be used, from which Robinson drove over from an alleged thirty five metres for West’s second try (38 mins) 10-0.

At the restart Rovers kick long, Henderson gathered the kick and drove forward to his own ten-metre line. Excellent quick ball then allowed Waites to release his three quarters, Howe beat the defence and offloaded in the tackle to Butcher who ran in from fifty metres to score under the post, Southern converting (40mins) 17-0

At the start of the second half Rovers had a sustained period of pressure in the West twenty-two, but came away with no points and only a missed penalty to show for there efforts.

During the second half Edwards replaced Howe and he was immediately involved in West’s first attack of the half, breaking several tackles to offload to Young (50 mins) who ran in under the posts, Southern converted 24-0.

From the restart West errors give Rovers an attacking scrum just outside the West twenty-two. For the first time in the game West got caught napping in defence allowing Smith (53 mins) to run in almost unopposed, try converted 24-7.

This lapse in defence and the introduction into the game of the versatile Woods for Robinson and the exciting young prospect Mills for Barker, seemed to bring West back to life. The West pack continue to dominate procedures and as their back line started to click the dogged Rovers defence tired allowing West to run in a further two tries. Again from a driving maul from a lineout West moved the ball along the line and Edwards again broke tackles this time to offload to centre partner P Miller (65 mins) who barge his way over from ten metres, Southern converted 31-7.

West’s next score came from several phases of forwards drives, with Lloyd showing an outstanding work rate to ultimately release Cavey to stroll over for West sixth and final try, Southern converted 38-7. Though a six try to one derby victory was obviously well received by players and supporters alike we know that more clinical performances will be required in the coming weeks.