Stags see red as winning run ends at Leicester Vipers

Leicester Vipers 28-8 Huntingdon Stags STAGS captain Elliot Baldwin saw red as Huntingdon Stags pre-Christmas form deserted them against a good Vipers outfit. Baldwin and a Vipers forward were both given their marching orders after an unsavoury incident

Leicester Vipers 28-8 Huntingdon Stags

STAGS captain Elliot Baldwin saw red as Huntingdon Stags' pre-Christmas form deserted them against a good Vipers outfit.

Baldwin and a Vipers forward were both given their marching orders after an unsavoury incident in which another Vipers player receive a yellow card.

After a six-week break, Stags fielded a strong team with hopes of continuing their four-match winning streak and Damien Whales kicked an early penalty to get them off to a good start.

More Stags pressure looked likely yield points until a charge-down saw Vipers break away to score under the posts, and a successful conversion followed.

Vipers, buoyed by the score, continued to put Stags under significant pressure and added another try shortly afterwards.

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An intercepted pass left Stags in disarray and Vipers ran in their third try. The conversion saw the half end with the score 21-3 to Vipers.

After the break, the Stags defence stood firm, providing the base for a counter-attack capped by a fine run down the wing by Greg Southgate for an unconverted try.

For a long period both teams battled to find an advantage but from a scrum the contest took a turn with a flurry of fists. After the referee had restored order, the teams contested the remainder of the match a man down.

Vipers had the final word, pushing the Stags back to their own goal line where a series of scrums ended up with a penalty try.

Captain Baldwin said the team had suffered from being ring-rusty after the Christmas lay-off, but were looking forward to bouncing back next week at Leicester Forest.

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