Stags win two county Cups in Ely
U7 HUNTINGDON Stags under-seven team were the joint winners of the Cambridgeshire County Cup at Ely Rugby Club on Sunday. They got off to a flying start, beating tournament hosts Ely 7-4 with a hat-trick of tries from Harry Thorpe and singles from Lorcan
HUNTINGDON Stags under-seven team were the joint winners of the Cambridgeshire County Cup at Ely Rugby Club on Sunday.
They got off to a flying start, beating tournament hosts Ely 7-4 with a hat-trick of tries from Harry Thorpe and singles from Lorcan Harbour, Mark Brand, Eddie Brand and George Moyles. They then drew 4-4 with competition favourites Cambridge, with Will Foster-Collier, Lewis, Mark Brand and Moyles scoring. They then faced a well-organised Shelford side, and won 6-5 to progress to the semi final with tries from Eddie Brand, Harbour, Lewis, Foster-Collier and two from Moyles.
An increasingly confident Stags went on to dominate their semi-final against Wisbech, and tries from Lorcan Harbour and Mark Brand with two from Harry Thorpe gave them a 4-1 win. The final was a rematch against Shelford, and the high scoring game finished 9-9 with late tries as Huntingdon were 9-7 down with two minutes remaining. Thrope got a hat-trick, Mark Brand and Foster-Collier got two each with the remaining tries coming from Lloyd Harper and Moyles to ensure Stags U7 were joint Cup winners.
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The first game saw them beat the hosts 3-0, with two tries from Ben Hegan and one from Fraser Hutton. They then scraped past Newmarket 2-1 with tries from Luke Toates to send them into the semi finals.
Stags played Saffron Walden in their semi final, and again narrowly won 2-1 with tries from Hegan and Will Greatorex. The final was a rematch against Newmarket, who started stronger in a game that proved to be much tighter than their first encounter. Five minutes of extra time were played after the game ended goalless but neither team were able to break through and the Cup was shared.
THE SEMI-FINAL was as far as Stags' U13 team got in the Ely competition.
They comfortable beat St Neots 10-0 in the first game, with Charlie Gabriel and Kacy Nicholson scoring. They then lost by the same scoreline against Cambridge, before beating Saffron Walden 10-0 with tries from Thomas White and Thomas Guilliatt-Griggs to scrape through into the group stage. The semi-final saw them lose 10-5 to Shelford, with a Charlie Lee try too little too late as Stags bowed out of the competition.
HUNTINGDON Stags U14 team crashed out of the Ely tournament at the first hurdle, losing both of their group stage games. Stags lost 20-0 to Newmarkets before Cambridge beat them 15-5, with Stags only try of the competition coming from Adam Burgess.