Stags 76 Heughers 3

By El Pedro - April 28 2011
Stags 76 Heughers 3 The Stags ran out comfortable winners against a Heughers side which never gave up and showed some youthful promise for our beleaguered neighbours  ....

Stags Team Pyman 2011

It was always going to be a difficult task for the Heughers against a West team which had only been beaten once all season and had already secured the CANDY Division One title.

The Heughers did start brightly and a number of early penalties eventually presented a kickable opportunity which they took for a 3-0 lead. 

The Stags came back with a pushover try in the right corner after 12 minutes, well converted by Stu Waites and the fly-half then laid on a nice pass for Andy Robson to score in the same corner three minutes later following a fine counter attack.

The lively Scott Butcher cut through  for the first of his two tries on 17 minutes and with three scores in five minutes any hopes of an upset were quickly evaporating.

The experience and leadership of skipper Davy Tighe epitomised the difference between the sides and the veteran scrum-half was instrumental in West's next two scores. The first, with 26 minutes played, was scored by flanker Chris Young after Tighe's tap penalty had started the attack and just four minutes later Tighe himself slipped up the blind-side of a maul for a well taken try.

Second-row Joe Rafferty continued the one way traffic with a try on 32 minutes before Rovers enjoyed their best period of attacking pressure in the match. Camped in the West 22 for the rest of the half they seemed destined for a try on more than one occasion, but the Stags  held firm and despite losing Young to the sin-bin they eventually turned the ball over and cleared to bring the half-time whistle.

As the game became increasingly broken in the second half West's back three of Darren Thomas, Butcher and Ryan Painter looked threatening with every touch and it was Thomas who scored the first try of the half after 52 minutes. A familiar Tighe break from a scrum saw him combine with the winger who finished well in the left corner.

Butcher got his second with a mazy run, picking up the ball inside his own half and somehow weaving his way through the defenders and shaking off a few tackles for a superb individual try. Try as they might Rovers didn't seem to be having any luck and a rare foray into the West 22 ended in another try conceded when Greg Edwards intercepted a pass and despite being tackled short of the line Thomas was on hand to finish off the score. Robson also got his second with a little over 10 minutes to play, popping up on the right wing again and cutting inside the last defender to touch down.

Waites, who had controlled things well in partnership with Tighe, topped a great performance with a solo try worthy of any cup final. Picking up the ball on half-way he spotted a gap and raced through, leaving the defence standing for a well deserved score to add to his eight conversions.

With time ticking down replacement prop Adam Coates had the final say as he made a good run from the 22 and touched down under the posts leaving Waites' conversion to complete an entertaining, if one-sided game.

Stags: :  Ryan Painter, Darren Thomas, Greg Edwards, Paul Moss, Scott Butcher, Stu Waites, Davy Tighe [capt], Ross Wood, Andrew Dixon, Andy Palmer, Andy Robson, Joe Rafferty, Chris Young, Alex Barker, Carl Miller. Reps: Paul Dove, Adam Coates, Martin Todd, Jon Cole, John Boyd, Luke Mills.

Tries: Robson 2, Butcher 2, Young 2, Tighe, Rafferty, Thomas 2, Waites, Coates
Cons: Waites 8

Pen: Fawcett

Referee: Carl Hall [Durham Society]

Stags 76 Heughers 3
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
28/04/2011 08:52
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Re: Stags 76 Heughers 3
Stags Management (IP Logged)
28/04/2011 10:23
Great result and performance last night, it was an excellent end to an outstanding season for the Stags.

Thanks to all the lads who played, especially those who came up from the Bucks and did a great job. When we've played rugby how we want to, and have the ability to, teams have found it very difficult to live with us and this was clearly demonstrated last night.

From a management point of view this season has been thoroughly enjoyable, although obviously very demanding! We've had a great team spirit and the attitude of all the players towards the games and training has been exceptional. In a single season to win the CANDY Division One league undefeated, score over eleven hundred points and win the Pyman cup is some achievement!! Well done to all the players!

Looking forward to next season, Sunderland games permitting!!

Re: Stags 76 Heughers 3 (IP Logged)
28/04/2011 11:03
Well done to everyone involved.
It has been an outstanding season performance.

Re: Stags 76 Heughers 3
28/04/2011 12:04
Some great tries scored last night. Congrats to all imvolved in a tremendous season for the Stags.

Re: Stags 76 Heughers 3
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
28/04/2011 13:07
Video now added to the match report

[Adam Coates Esq. will be signing autographs throughout the holiday weekend]

Re: Stags 76 Heughers 3
Club Chairman (IP Logged)
28/04/2011 15:28
Well Done Stags. Sorry I couldn't be there. A great final game for a superb season. Peter

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