Midlands 3 East (South) Old Northamptonians 25 Huntingdon Stags 7 NORTHAMPTON had scored 50 points against Banbury the previous week and continued their good form at the expense of Stags. The home side were undoubtedly the smarter and quicker than the Leicester Forest side Huntingdon beat convincingly last week. The visitors defended stoutly, won their fair share of ball and, for the first 35 minutes, had their fair share of chances in an end-to-end encounter. Five minutes before the break the wheels came off in a big way when Stags' defence was caught flat-footed for a home try in the left corner. This was followed by a yellow card for Benni Giglio and a home penalty as Stags faced an 8-0 deficit going into the second period. Stags began the second half strongly but had no answer to a fine move by the ON backs to make it 13-0. Two further tries followed in quick succession midway through the half and the game was up for the visitors. Stags had been tenacious throughout, however, and scored a consolation try when Chris Pape fed Ben Strangeways, with Elliot Baldwin converting. n Stags are at home to Banbury on Saturday. n Stags U17s overran a weak Rushden side 56-0 in their opening league fixture with a hat-trick of tries for Alex Anthony and Greg Southgate, plus singles for James Anderson and Joe Costello, with Tom Morgan the kicker. Stags U14s lost 17-5 to Biggleswade despite an Adam Burgess try.