Fine start lacks end product for Stags

Midlands 3 East (South) Banbury 30 Huntingdon Stags 13 A HUGELY disappointing display saw Stags lose a game that should have been out of sight inside the first 20 minutes. Banbury began the match playing like a team who hadn t met each other before, nor p

Midlands 3 East (South)

Banbury 30

Huntingdon Stags 13

A HUGELY disappointing display saw Stags lose a game that should have been out of sight inside the first 20 minutes.


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Banbury began the match playing like a team who hadn't met each other before, nor played rugby union, but Stags did not take advantage of the huge amount of easy ball they were afforded. A single Charlie Cook penalty was all the visitors had to show for their dominance.

Inevitably, the hosts began to improve and Stags took their turn to look clueless, shipping 13 points to trail by 10 at the interval.

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Tom Beattie and Matt Davies-Binge crossed the try-line for Stags after the break but the performance was punctuated by regular lapses in concentration and missed chances that saw Banbury run out on top.

Elliott Baldwin and Quentin Minnaar emerged from the game with credit but the try tally of 5-2 to Banbury tells its own story.

n The Stags second XI are at home to St Ives on Saturday while the next league game is at home to Northampton Mens Own on Saturday 25, kick off 2.15pm.

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