Stags 69 - 7 Bishop Auckland

By James Tyers - October 3 2019
Stags 69 - 7 Bishop Auckland   Saturday saw West’s second ladies day and with that a swarm of numbers for the seconds who came out as a unit to warm up thoroughly before the game and it showed.

Early doors Jack Harrison, who seems to be making somewhat of a habit of this, was able to run the length of the pitch before going over for the first score of the game. Not unlike Jack Harrison, Alex Johnson has been making himself familiar to the scoreboard and was able to score his first, yes first (so stay tuned!) of the afternoon. After a great series of pick and goes Jono was able to crash over easily. Harrison was back crossing the whitewash again after a great backs move. Will Cameron pinged a beauty out wide meaning Jack could cut back inside beating his defender before gliding in.

Josh Riley had returned to the stags last week and his presence was felt by Bish, after Johnny Hunter was able to break free of the defence going one on one with the full back before passing for Young Blood to easily score.

Martin Todd has been adding some much needed experience to an ever decreasing back line. Callum Johnson utilised some of his wealth of experience to take a great ball before beating 2 men before spinning it wide to Toddy. Toddy then threw a beautiful dummy which, direct quote from the man himself, “sent their centre to the shops” before falling over the line. Graceful.

Captain Tyers scored last before the break after some great play again from Will Cameron. He eluded multiple tackles and was eventually brought down on the 22. Ben Armstrong fed Tyo, who broke through and whilst Benji had looped round brilliantly and was offering a 5 on 0 he’s assured me, Tyers was able to bundle over, reminiscent of how Jono had ran the line of his life weeks prior owing to his biggest fan being in attendance.


HT 39 – 0 ish


After the break Bishop were not to be deterred scoring early and adding a nice conversion. This only set to encourage the newest father in the Stags side on his first game this season Scott Butcher. Boo stole the ball in the loose and gleefully stretched his legs from around the halfway mark.

Jono was back on the board again after Butcher. The Lineout worked brilliantly throughout the day courtesy of Cam Mould’s keen throws to Tyo and Riley who were flung up all day from Angus, Hunter, Geritz and Hadwen. In this instance the lineout had worked a treat and from the ensuing maul, Alex peeled off for an easy score.

Butcher made his second of the afternoon look easy, though it was anything but. From a tackle he was quickest to the ruck, ripping the ball and powered across from the 22 albeit a little confused that someone offered him a support line from that far out…

Jono completed his hat-trick after a great shout from the backs who’d spotted an opportunity. With great line hit throughout the backline, Jono picked, some intricate passing occurred between himself, Quinny (who had a good game marshalling the backs) into Harrison who returned the favour to the grateful Johnson.

Liam Rutherford scored the penultimate try. Young Painter who was instrumental in tiring out Bishops defence with his relentless pace, burst down the wing and was able to pass inside to Rutherford who had done an equally tiring job on the opposition all day with his no nonsense style of running.

The final score was from Angus. After a Bishop restart Tyo took a simple ball and hit a stampeding Clurgy who broke the initial wave of defenders. As he tore into their half, he was tackled but offloaded gracefully to the supporting Adam Simpson. Simmo made up even more yards and looked all the world to be but for a last covering tackle. Simmo picked out Jangus who had made up some serious ground to be the beneficiary and go over unopposed.

Kyle Jamieson managed to vanquish his knee demons to put in some great kicks, Will Cameron had the game on strings at points, Matty Tyers was impressive in his first game back this season since getting married (Congratulations, the Stags look forward to having you back) and the final noteworthy moment was Jarvis, who when asked about highlights mentioned through his ball carrying that he’d had more rolls than Greggs.


Great day for the Stags, great day for the club, great scran afterwards


Squad – Angus, Mould, Hunter, J. Tyers, Riley, Armstrong, Butcher, A. Johnson, Quinn, Cameron, Rutherford, Todd, C. Johnson, Westhorpe, Harrison.

Geritz, Hadwen, Simpson, L. Larkin, Smith, Jarvis


Tries – A Johnson x 3, Harrison, Riley, Todd, J. Tyers, Butcher x 2, Rutherford, Angus


MoM - Harrison  


Scran – Lovely bit of chicken curry. Top notch all round!

Stags 69 - 7 Bishop Auckland
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03/10/2019 15:27
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Re: Stags 69 - 7 Bishop Auckland
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03/10/2019 18:37
Awesome job

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