RUGBY: No repeat of memorable success as Huntingdon suffer heavy derby defeat at the hands of Kettering

Action from Stags' defeat to Kettering last Saturday. Picture: www.sportspictures.online

Action from Stags' defeat to Kettering last Saturday. Picture: www.sportspictures.online - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon were on the receiving end of a high-scoring reverse last Saturday as a tough start to the Midlands Division One East campaign continued.

Huntingdon score a try against Kettering. Picture: www.sportspictures.online

Huntingdon score a try against Kettering. Picture: www.sportspictures.online - Credit: Archant

Damien Whales’ side were thumped 64-24 by a high-class Kettering outfit in an A14 derby date at The Racecourse.

There was no repeat of a memorable one-point victory against the Northamptonshire side in the corresponding fixture last season, although that’s hardly a surprise given the fact that Stags have lost seven senior players, who lined up for them on that occasion, while Kettering have boosted their ranks by drafting in a couple of men with Premiership experience.

Kettering signalled their intent with a couple of tries in the opening few minutes and the scoreboard continued to tick over on a regular basis.

Wayne Bradley marked his return following surgery with one of three Stags tries. Alex Anthony and Barnie West also touched down for the locals.


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Handling errors proved costly on a couple of occasions as Stags chased a fourth try and the consolation of a bonus point.

Stags sit in the bottom four after only winning one of their opening six league games – a run of fixtures which has seen them face four of the current top five teams in the standings.

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They now face a run of four successive fixtures against teams in the bottom half of the table, starting with a visit to Leighton Buzzard this Saturday.

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