Stags work hard for victory

Midlands Division 3 East (South) Huntingdon Stags 21 Northampton Casuals 12 STAGS made it two wins out of two with a hard-earned victory at Hinchingbrooke in the rugby union conference. Only conceding a last-minute try took the gloss off a solid performan

Midlands Division 3 East (South)

Huntingdon Stags 21 Northampton Casuals 12

STAGS made it two wins out of two with a hard-earned victory at Hinchingbrooke in the rugby union conference.

Only conceding a last-minute try took the gloss off a solid performance from the home side, for whom all three tries came from the backs.


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Huntingdon had all the early pressure but did not manage to convert it into points until Charlie Cook set up Neil Welsh to cross the try-line.

Casuals could not take advantage when Stags man Benny Giglio was sin-binned and a Damian Whales penalty gave the hosts a comfortable 8-0 lead at the break.

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After the break, Stags pressed home their superiority, with Ben Strangeways particularly impressive, and Cook crossed the line for a second score.

Casuals managed to pull a try back during a rare lapse in the home defence but Whales soon dummied for another try and added a penalty to make it 21-5.

Casuals made it into double figures with a late try and conversion but Stags came away with a nine-point victory margin for the second week running.

Meanwhile, Stags II enjoyed a 14-5 win against Northampton Heathens.

* Next week both Stags I and II are away to Wellingborough while the Veterans get their season underway with a home game against the same opponents.

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