Stags beat Neots in East Midlands Cup

U15 East Midlands Cup Huntingdon Stags 27 St Neots 19 STAGS progressed to the quarter-final of the East Midlands Cup with an unconvincing win over neighbours St Neots. Despite Neots exerting the majority of first-half pressure, Stags took the lead when a

U15 East Midlands Cup

Huntingdon Stags 27-19 St Neots

STAGS progressed to the quarter-final of the East Midlands Cup with an unconvincing win over neighbours St Neots.

Despite Neots exerting the majority of first-half pressure, Stags took the lead when a Jack Summers try was converted by Jack Doonan.


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Pressure from the visitors was successfully repelled by Stags as Mitchel Newman sent over a penalty for Stags. However Saints were not to be denied when their centre broke through to score under the posts, and Stags led 10-7 at the break.

Neots hit back after half-time with an unconverted try, which was swiftly answered by Stags replacement Ethan Moss's try from the base of the scrum.

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Saints scored again before Summers intercepted and touched down for a converted try under the posts.

The result was only secured when a superb pass from Ruari Clark put Will Bhagat over for a try.

Old Scouts provided tough opposition for the U7 Stags, consigning them to two narrow defeats, though Stags claimed a draw. Jason Graham starred for Stags with six tries.

Stags U9 found Old Scouts in uncompromising form, losing the first of two games 5-1. The second match saw Stags raise their game and with minutes remaining the score stood at 8-8. The desire to push on and win ultimately cost the Stags as Scouts ran in three late tries.

Two teams from each side contested four matches at U10 level, with Stags winning two in comprehensive fashion, drawing one and going down in the fourth.

Wins of 11-1 and 7-0 were well deserved but a 7-0 reversal to Scouts brought the Stags back to earth. The final match was a tense affair, finishing 2-2.

Stags U11 trailed at the break against Scouts but turned the match on its head in an all-action second half display.

Jack Burgess crossed for a try that Kieran Cupie converted and fine defensive tackling kept the scores all square with just ten minutes remaining.

Burgess then scored the try of the match which Adam Garrood converted and with Scouts in disarray Stags eased clear.

Burgess completed his hat trick, and Griffin Giles, William Gould and Kieran Cupie all added scores to put Stags out of sight before Garrood's drop kick added the cherry on the cake for a 42-7 win.

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