Rugby: Stags miss absent friends in defeat
Midlands League Three ES Northampton Scouts 30 Huntingdon Stags 5 A STUBBORN display of defence, coupled with poor finishing from the home side kept the score down, as Stags were decimated further by injuries. The visitors travelled to Northampton without
Midlands League Three ES
Northampton Scouts 30 Huntingdon Stags 5
A STUBBORN display of defence, coupled with poor finishing from the home side kept the score down, as Stags were decimated further by injuries.
The visitors travelled to Northampton without regulars Stubbings, Williams and Beattie and were further hindered after half-time when injuries forced full-back Dale Abblitt and tight-head Mike Blanchard off the pitch.
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Despite their problems, Stags were still in touch at half-time, just three points behind following a late Northampton penalty.
The hosts had opened the scoring after crossing the line on the half-hour mark, but Northampton hit back immediatly when Matt Durrant crashed over in the corner following good work from centre Neil Welsh.
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However, one minute from half time the game changed when flanker Doug Bentley was deservedly sent to the sin-bin after he had conceded a string of penalties.
Scouts kicked the penalty and went in at half time with the three points lead.
After the break the home side capitalised on the numerical advantage to record the win and send Stags home empty handed.
Huntingdon U14s 58, The Deepings U14s 0
STAGS U14 continued their strong start to 2006 with a superb team performance resulting in a resounding win over Deepings.
A high scoring game had not looked on the cards with an even first 15 minutes but the hosts took the game by the scruff of the neck scoring three tries to lead 15-0 at half-time.
In the second half, Stags continued where they had left off, with strong scrummaging, rucking and mauling by the forwards and great movement and handling by the backs resulting in further scores.
The Deepings continued to play with spirit but were unable to prevent the home side scoring a further seven tries, four of which were converted, producing a final score of 58-0 to Stags.
Try scorers were Alex Benzie, Jonathon Shi, Alex Dyson, James Turner, Greg Southgate, Mark Cox (2) and Tom Morgan (3). Conversions were by Rory Parker and James Anderson (3)
SQUAD: James Anderson, Alex Benzie, Mark Cox, Antony Davis, Alex Dyson, Michael Gooch, Matt Hefferan, Mark Hesketh, David Hodgson, Jake Moore (Captain), Tom Morgan, Adam Paton, Michael Paton, Rory Parker, Simon Price, Jonathon Shi, Greg Smith, Greg Southgate, James Turner, James Yendley.