Stags notch up RFU Senior Vase win against Sleaford
Huntingdon Stags 26-17 Sleaford HUNTINGDON Stags recorded their first win since their return to the Racecourse with victory over Sleaford in the RFU Senior Vase. Fielding a team containing several new players, Stags showed the potential they have this sea
Huntingdon Stags 26-17 Sleaford
HUNTINGDON Stags recorded their first win since their return to the Racecourse with victory over Sleaford in the RFU Senior Vase.
Fielding a team containing several new players, Stags showed the potential they have this season with a strong display of attacking rugby in front of a sizeable crowd.
Despite the enthusiastic home support, it was Sleaford who had the chance to lead with a penalty, but a wayward kick meant the chance went begging.
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Stags continued to battle, and had a try disallowed for a double movement. They got their reward when James Thorpe crossed for a try, and Elliot Baldwin knocked over the conversion with the help of the post to make it 7-0 at the break.
Baldwin missed a penalty chance to extend Stags' lead, this time seeing his kick rebound the wrong side of the post.
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Two quick-fire tries from Richard Ruddy and James Finch seemed to seal the match at 19-0.
But from a commanding position, Stags allowed Sleaford to get a foothold in the game. The visitors snatched a converted try and added another five points almost immediately from another try.
Stung into action, Stags came back with a converted try through Finch's second before Sleaford completed the scoring for the afternoon to bag an unconverted try to tighten the scores.