Northern 10 Stags 76

By Stags Management - October 14 2010
Northern 10 Stags 76
Lloyd hat trick The Stags kept their unbeaten record intact despite going 10 points down. Ben Lloyd and Greg Edwards both scoring hat tricks as they evenutallly overwhelmed a a strong Northern IIs team 76 - 10.
The named starting XV had to be changed slightly just before kick off after Paul Dove became unavailable due to work commitments and transport issues meant that Neil Howe was late arriving at the ground. As a result the versatile Anthony Cameron came into tight head prop, replacing Paul Dove and Luke Watson replaced Neil Howe in the centre.

After conceding only three tries in their first five games of the season, the Stags somehow contrived to concede two early tries against Northern and found themselves 10 - 0 down within eight minutes. As it turned out this was just what the team needed to stir them into action and Northern scored no further points throughout the rest of the game.

From the ninth minute onwards West's performance was impressive and it wasn't long before the first try came with Ben Lloyd crossing in the 13th minute, Zac Southern converting; (10 - 7). As West started to string the phases together gaps in the Northern defense began to appear and after twenty minutes Chris Young touched down, Southern again converting; (10 - 14). After twenty minutes West made their first change with Neil Howe replacing Luke Watson in the centre. Virtually straight from the restart West went on the attack again and Greg Edwards finished off a flowing move for his first try on twenty-two minutes, Southern missing the conversion; (10 - 19).

Late in the half West made a change in the forwards, with Andy Palmer replacing the now tiring Anthony Cameron. Northern were finding it harder and harder to live with the powerful running from West forwards and their quick backs and after some good forward play Ben Lloyd again crossed for his second try, Southern pushing the conversion wide; (10 - 24). The final try of the first half went to Scott Butcher, crossing the line after a mazy run on thirty-four minutes, Southern converting, making the half-time score 10 - 31.

West well and truly had the bit between their teeth and began the second half as they had ended the first with a try after forty-three minutes for centre Neil Howe, Southern converting; (10 - 38). West were now playing a very expansive running game and Northern could not live with this and after going through a number of phases Scott Butcher crossed for his second try after fifty-two minutes, Southern Converting; (10 - 45).

Ben Lloyd capped an excellent performance with his hat trick try after fifty-eight minutes, a just reward for all the effort he has put in this season, Southern missed the conversion; (10 - 50). Greg Edwards scored his second try on sixty minutes, taking advantage of a now tiring Northern defense, Southern slotting the conversion; (10 - 57). West then made further changes with Zac Southern coming off for Luke Watson who moved into the centres, with Neil Howe moving to full back.

Phil Henderson came on for Chris Young and Michael Charlton came on for Carl Miller. Charlton made an immediate impact with some powerful runs and two tries after thirty-two and thirty-five minutes, Stu Waites converting the second try; (10 - 69). Greg Edwards topped off a fine performance with his hat trick try on seventy-eight minutes with Stu Waites conversion the last score of the game with the final result 10 -76.

The forwards again set good platform for the backs to mount attacks, although the forwards also looked an attacking force on their own, with some powerful running and offloading creating spaces. After the first eight minutes the defense was again well organized and solid and Northern didnít really look like scoring again.
The Stags are away at Horden this week and although the league results suggest it will be a comfortable win for the Stags, Horden is never an easy place to go and they always raise their game against West, so we can fully expect a close, competitive and hard fought game this coming Saturday.

Special mention and thanks to Andy Palmer and Michael Charlton who travelled up to Northern at very short notice, it was very much appreciated.
In last weeks game the Stags beat a very strong Morpeth side 21 Ė 11, with tries from Paul Miller, Phil Henderson and Zac Southern, plus two penalties from Zac Southern.

Stags: Z Southern, S Butcher, P Miller, L Watson, G Edwards, S Waites, D Tighe, A Cameron, A Dixon, R Wood, J Rafferty, B Lloyd, C Young, A Barker, C Miller
Res: M Charlton, A Palmer, P Henderson, N Howe