Rugby: Stags defeated by a strong Buzzard team

Midlands League 3ES Huntingdon 20, Leighton Buzzard 27 Despite a strong comeback Stags could do little to stop Leighton Buzzard notching up their seventh successive victory. Buzzard got a dream start as they crossed the line to score barely minutes after

Midlands League 3ES

Huntingdon 20, Leighton Buzzard 27

Despite a strong comeback Stags could do little to stop Leighton Buzzard notching up their seventh successive victory.

Buzzard got a dream start as they crossed the line to score barely minutes after the kick off.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining, the visitors had scored three converted tries and a penalty to give them a 24-point lead.

Stags fought back bravely, however, with tries from lock Matt Griggs and centre Dale Abblitt making the score 24-10 at the interval.

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Huntingdon carried their momentum into the second half but Buzzard's defence weathered the storm.

Matt Durrant kicked a penalty to keep Stags' hopes alive before Buzzard replied with one of their own to put paid to a home team comeback.

Stags skipper Tom McCreadie crashed over to score in the dying minutes, with Durrant converting the try, but it was too little too late for Stags against a strong opposition.

Mini Rugby

Oundle U14s 0, Huntingdon Stags U14s 37

HUNTINGDON continued their winning streak with a 37-0 victory over Oundle in cold and wet conditions.

After an even first 10 minutes, Stags opened up the Oundle defence to score four unanswered tries before the break.

Oundle rallied in the second half but Stags found an extra gear, denying the home side any points and scoring a further three tries themselves to seal the win.

Try-scorers were Mark Cox (2), Chris Budd, Greg Southgate and Karl Smith (3).

Huntingdon Stags U11s V Royston U11s

IN two hard-fought games, Huntingdon put in good displays to win both.

Stags competed well up-front to dominate the first game, and some good running led to an impressive 20-5 win.

David Whiles was excellent in the scrum and was rewarded with a try in the second half. Further tries came from Ethan Moss (2) and Tom Allpress.

The forwards were again prominent in the second game, as Stags came out 25-5 winners.

The backs capitalised on the efforts of the forwards with some excellent running.

Tries came from George Burles (2), Jack Skidmore, Tom Moffit and Euan Baker-Milne.

Huntingdon Stags U9s V Royston U9s

IN three games, Stags and drew one and lost two.

Royston were disciplined in the opening game, forcing Huntingdon to make errors.

Despite a George Furbank try, Royston won 5-10.

Stags improved in the second game, with two tries from Danny Bell earning them a 10-10 draw.

Royston took advantage of a tired Huntingdon side, running six tries without reply to win the game 30-0.

Huntingdon Stags U8s V Royston U8s

STAGS took on Royston in a series of three games and won each impressively.

In the first game Stags went down in the first minute but replied with a try of their own soon after.

Huntingdon took the iniative with two tries from turnover ball soon after to clinch a 35-15 win.

The second game was close early on, both sides scoring tries.

It was Stags who took control, however, as they went on to win the game 35-20.

Royston put in a determined display in the final match, leading at times before Stags went on to win 30-15.

Try-scorers were Toby Doonan (10), Harry Jones (3), Euan Johnson, Harry Knowlton (2), Matthias Moss (2), Harry Moore, Jack Edwards.

Deepings U9 20, St Ives U9 0

DEEPINGS put in a good team display to overcome a spirited St Ives side.

Saints put in some good mauling work but couldn't convert pressure into points due to handling errors at crucial moments.

Tyler Elstub, Toby Naylon, newcomer Bernie Augstein and Lachlan Park all put in good performances but the team could not stop the home side running in four tries and winning the game.

St Ives U9 0, Wisbech U9 35

THE U9s fared little better in their second game, losing to a physical Wisbach team.

Daniel McManus and Nicholas Abbott drove strongly with good support from Sam Kennedy and Harry Leyden, but Saints couldn't cross the line.

Wisbech had scored twice in the first half but were even better in the second.

The opposition pack were too muscualr for Saints and, despite strong tackling by Chris Radbone, Max Davies and Lachlan Park, Wisbech went on to seal the game with a flurry of late scores.

Deepings U8 10, St Ives U8 30

SAINTS put in a solid performance to beat Deepings away from home.

The visitors opened the scoring through Reuben Patrick only for Daniel Palmer, a Saint guesting for Deepings, to equalise at the other end.

Jake Bowen restored St Ives' advantage from the restart before Palmer touched down once more to thwart his own side.

Palmer's try was the last of the afternoon for Deepings, however, and Saints ran away with it, Patrick scoring four more tries in an excellent display.

St Ives U8 10, Wisbech U8 25

THE U8s couldn't repeat their winning performance and were well-beaten by a good Wisbech side.

Wisbech scored straight from the kick off and promptly ran in two further tries.

Saints began the second half promisingly, creating a gap in the Wisbech defence for Reuben Patrick to jink through the line for a try.

Wisbech weren't subdued, however, and responded with a try of their own soon after.

Despite another score from Patrick, it was not enough to claw back the deficit and Wisbech scored again before the whistle to cap their win.