Holgate early blow proves crucial

Huntingdon Stags 22 Lutterworth 15. THE Stags played host to Lutterworth this weekend and took a much needed win from the game that almost fell victim to the atrocious weather conditions. Stags got off to a flyer and had Lutterworth under the hammer righ

Huntingdon Stags 22 Lutterworth 15.

THE Stags played host to Lutterworth this weekend and took a much needed win from the game that almost fell victim to the atrocious weather conditions.

Stags got off to a flyer and had Lutterworth under the hammer right from the kick off. The pressure led to Martin Holgate crossing the line after only a couple of minutes' play to give Stags their first try. Wayne Bradley kicked the conversion to give Stags a 7 - 0 lead. Good end to end rugby was played by both teams in the poor conditions with neither gaining the advantage.

Selim Sheikh and James Thorpe made their presence felt and the Stags scrummaging was back to its best pushing the Lutterworth pack around almost at will. After 25 minutes, Stags Captain Elliot Baldwin was given 10 minutes in the sin-bin for a late tackle but they hung on to concede only a penalty before the break.


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Stags started the second half in style with Thorpe crossing the line in front of the posts, giving Bradley an easy conversion but a misdemeanor in the ruck saw Ben Crean side-lined for 10 minutes. The Stags held the visitors at bay and a counter attack led to John Wells crossing the line for Stags' third try.

Both teams were reduced to 14 men and Bradley took advantage of a penalty to give the Stags another three points and move the score line to 22-3 in the Stags favour.

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With less than 15 minutes to go, the visitors were allowed to get back in the game with a converted try and more pressure saw them cross the line again. Baldwin was then given another rest in the sin-bin but the line held to take the points.

n Stags next match is away to Northampton BBOB on Saturday 3pm kick off.

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