Stags and Ives impressive in wins

Huntingdon Stags clinched their first win of the season, as St Ives rolled on with victory over Aylestonians.

Rugby round-up

Midlands 2E

Huntingdon Stags 39-20 S&L Corby

HUNTINGDON Stags enjoyed the fruits of their labour as their three Kiwi players drove them to their first win of the season.

Stags started in style with a converted try in the first minute by Tom McCreadie and with the New Zealand trio of Murphy Hill, Heath Crawford and Seth Muggeridge in rampant mood, a second try was on the board on 10 minutes.

Crawford then fed second-rower Dougy Bentley for an unconverted try in the corner.

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Led by Muggeridge and Elliot Baldwin, the Stags pack continued to hustle their opponents and Damian Whales put Neil Welsh in to make it 17-0 on 20 minutes.

However, the match turned on its head, and S&L struck back with a vengeance to lead 17-20 at the break.

Huntingdon’s regained their composur and Hill crashed over for a fourth try – securing a bonus point – and added another from an interception. Whales added the conversion.

Skipper Whales said: “They are often the hardest games to win – when you start so well, then fall off the pace and have to bring yourself back into the game.”

Midlands 4E(S)

St Ives 24-0 Aylestonians

ST IVES were forced to make changes from last week’s winning side, but were not thrown off their stride in an impressive win in Midlands 4E(S).

Early determination by the Bulls compensated for the changes and James Wood’s 25-minute try gave them the lead. From the restart Oliver Scott raced over to double the advantage and the boot of Jack Berkley then added two more points.

Graham Wayman smashed through the defence in the second half to score under the posts and Jerome Walter added a try shortly after, converted by Jack Brambles to leave Ives clear winners.

• Ives II were overrun 60-3 by a rampant St Neots II.