Bulls Fall To Stamford Defeat
Midlands 6 East (South) Stamford 36 St Ives RFC 13 BULLS took a strong side to Stamford for their opening league fixture but ran into a well-prepared Stamford side with a mobile pack. The home side caught St Ives flat-footed as they raced into a 22-0 lead
Midlands 6 East (South)
Stamford 36 St Ives RFC 13
BULLS took a strong side to Stamford for their opening league fixture but ran into a well-prepared Stamford side with a mobile pack.
The home side caught St Ives flat-footed as they raced into a 22-0 lead, as the Bulls paid for disorganisation in defence.
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Bulls managed to turn the tide and successive penalties by Jack Blackley were the beginning of a long phase of pressure from the visitors with the forwards turning the screws to make space for the backs. Blackley found a gap in the Stamford defence to get under the posts to bring the score back to 22-13.
Blackley was sent to the bin in the second half for a shoulder charge and with the tide now turned back in Stamford's favour, Al Jones wrapped the game up for the hosts.
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Saints captain Bryan Richardson, who missed the game through injury, said: "It was disappointing as there wasn't a huge difference between the teams on paper. Simple errors gave Stamford the edge, and we just weren't aggressive enough from the start."
n St Ives' next home game is against Thorney on October 4.
n St Neots U13s ran in 73 points against a disappointing Ely side. Callum Austen, Ben Clare and Ben Tyler scored hat-tricks and Alex Purdon ran over twice. The booming boot of Adam Williams made nine conversions to seal an emphatic victory. The U14s went down 15-12 at Ely despite two scores from Connah Fairbrass and a Joe Hough conversion.