Rugby: St Neots lose tough battle

Senior Rugby Royston 2nd XI 25, St Neots 3rd XI 17 IN A hard-fought game that could have gone either way, St Neots lost out to Royston in the second round of the Greene King League Cup. Royston scored an early converted try only for St Neots to score with

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Royston 2nd XI 25, St Neots 3rd XI 17

IN A hard-fought game that could have gone either way, St Neots lost out to Royston in the second round of the Greene King League Cup.

Royston scored an early converted try only for St Neots to score with captain Gary Hall from a catch and drive at a line-out. Then St Neots scrum-half Brian Maden powered over from a five-metre scrum. Royston answered with a try of their own and went in to the interval leading 12-10.


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The home team started the second half better, scoring a penalty and a try. An inspirational converted score by Dan Fox from within his own half, however, put St Neots back on the front foot. With Royston's lead only at three points, St Neots had the opportunity to take the match. Royston's kicking game thwarted the St Neots attack, however, and a late Royston try from a penalty denied the visitors the win.

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Huntingdon looked jittery early-on but gradually got into the game and forced Bourne into making mistakes. George Furbank opened the scoring, shortly followed by a long-range try on the wing for Elliot Wyatt.

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Good defence and attacking pressure saw Stags score tries from George Napier and James Harris in the first half.

A tired Huntingdon conceded two tries at the start of the second-half following good running by Bourne, but four further tries from Harris, Monty Francis, Josh Morey and George Furbank capped a good team performance and sealed the win in style.

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Try-scorers were Tom Morgan, James Turner, Anton Davis, Greg Southgate, Mikey Wenn and Karl Smith (3).

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