RUGBY UNION: It’s a terrific Day for Huntingdon Staggerers as Matt’s try hat-trick spearheads final success

Huntingdon Staggerers celebrate their Hunts & Peterborough Veterans' Cup success.

Huntingdon Staggerers celebrate their Hunts & Peterborough Veterans' Cup success. - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Staggerers must wish they could face Oundle every week.

Action from Huntingdon Staggerers' final triumph against Oundle.

Action from Huntingdon Staggerers' final triumph against Oundle. - Credit: David Lowndes

Paul Baynes’ band of elder Stags statesman lifted the Hunts & Peterborough Veterans’ Cup last Saturday after a 33-5 drubbing of their Northamptonshire rivals.

Last season they beat the same opponents in the final of the East Midlands Intermediate Vets’ Cup, but the manner of victory was much more convincing this time around.

Oundle boasted a huge squad for the two sides’ latest showpiece clash – staged at Thorney FC – but it was a case of Staggerers’ quality overcoming their rivals’ quantity.

Two fine tries from Matt Day – both accompanied by successful Chris Matthews conversions – gave Staggerers an advantage which was further extended before half-time.

Action from Huntingdon Staggerers' final triumph against Oundle.

Action from Huntingdon Staggerers' final triumph against Oundle. - Credit: David Lowndes


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Charlie Cook touched down in the corner after being the beneficiary of a Neil Welsh interception and surge. Matthews again did the honours with his trusty boot.

And any faint hopes of an Oundle fightback were soon quashed by two more Staggerers tries early in the second half.

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Welsh and Cook were involved again, along with Neil Moray and player-coach Baynes, as Day completed his hat-trick.

And Welsh then went over himself for the Huntingdon side’s final try after punishing an Oundle spill. Matthews converted again.

A late consolation denied Staggerers a shut-out but did little to dampen their delight after claiming trophy success for the second season running.

The front five of Robbie Attewell, Ben Tranter, Mike Blanchard, Matt Griggs and David Holme earned praise for providing the platform for a dominant display.

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