Tough draws for young Stags
U11 HUNTINGDON Stags U11 found life tough in a strong pool in the Mobbs trophy at St Neots. Despite having a strong squad available Stags laboured to a 1-1 draw in their first match against Rushden, with the try coming from Sam Lawrence. In the second mat
HUNTINGDON Stags U11 found life tough in a strong pool in the Mobbs trophy at St Neots.
Despite having a strong squad available Stags laboured to a 1-1 draw in their first match against Rushden, with the try coming from Sam Lawrence.
In the second match, Bedford Blues grabbed an early lead, and took control of the game, scoring five further tries in a 6-0 win.
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Stags fought out a 1-1 draw with Ampthill in the third pool match, leading at half-time with a try from Sam Durnan before conceding from the last play of the match.
The final pool game pitted Stags against Kettering but injuries had by that point reduced the Stags to bare bones.
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However, from the moment player-of-the-day Durnan scored, Stags never looked like losing the match. Further tries from Adam Garrood, Simon Graham and Matthew Waring, Kieran Cupitt (2) and Durnan's second saw Kettering emphatically dispatched 7-0.
Bedford Blues, the only team to beat the Stags, went on to win 2-1 against Luton in the final.
Stags U13s suffered in torrid conditions in the County Cup at Newmarket, after getting off to an encouraging start.
Tries from Xavier Parker and Jon Petch helped Stags to a 10-0 victory over Walden in the opening match, before they faced Shelford in the second game.
After several meetings this season, Stags finally overcame Shelford as Parker's try earned Stags a 5-0 win.
Petch put Stags ahead against Newmarket in the final game, before Newmarket equalised and Parker rounded off a good day's work with a deciding try to leave Stags unbeaten.
As the conditions became colder, seven members of the squad had to be monitored by St John Ambulance staff, and the decision was taken that the team would not continue, with Stags sacrificing their semi-final berth.