RUGBY UNION: Biggest and best yet as super Stags go on a Racecourse rampage

Huntingdon players celebrate their 76-0 destruction of Ilkeston.

Huntingdon players celebrate their 76-0 destruction of Ilkeston. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon completed a memorable month with a masterclass as they roared to their biggest-ever victory at Midlands Division One East level.

The red-hot Stags showed no mercy to rock-bottom Ilkeston when racking up a landslide 76-0 scoreline at The Racecourse last Saturday.

The thumping success completed a clean sweep of four January triumphs which have launched Damien Whales’ men into fourth place in the standings. They are firmly on course to beat their previous best finish of sixth last term.

Whales said: “We had been winning games without playing well, but everything came together on Saturday.

“I felt like a spectator at times as I was able to stand back and appreciate some high-quality rugby.

“We produced some brilliant stuff and scored some stunning tries while not letting Ilkeston have a sniff.

“We only beat the second-from-bottom team, Dronfield, by a single point a fortnight earlier, so a scoreline like this was very pleasing to see.

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“We can look back at a job well done in January and look ahead to a quieter February.”

Barnie West was the most prolific Stags man as he helped himself to four tries, including the opener.

Reggie Reid provided a second touch-down for Huntingdon before Jack Skidmore and Tad Chapman also got in on the act in the first half.

But there was a hell of a lot more to come from Stags in the second period as they added another half-century of points to their tally.

West went over on three occasions, Tango Morgan touched down twice and Tad Chapman collected his second try of the afternoon, while Andy Mourits and Ben Taylor also added their names to a lengthy list of scorers. Dan Malem converted eight of the 12 tries.

Stags only have two games this month – away at third-placed Kettering on February 11 and at home to strugglers Leighton Buzzard on February 18.