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1st XV - Match centre

CS Stags 1863
Shelford
Sat 24 Nov 14:30 - London & SE Division - London & SE Premier Full time

Another tough day on the road

CS Stags - 51 Shelford - 7

There is little that can be said about this game that hasn't been said several times already this season. Shelford were slow to start, the opposition got on top early and Shelford then struggled to get into the game. To add to the frustration, there were glimpses of what Shelford can do with the ball … but they were too few and far between.

Shelford were on the back foot from kick-off with CS Stags scoring their opening try on just five minutes. CS then scored a further four tries before half-time so Shelford were 25-0 behind by the break. It was fortunate that the hosts goal kicker looked like he had never kicked a rugby ball before in his life.

It took CS only two minutes to get the score board ticking again in the second half and now they had found someone who could kick straight, and the score was soon 32-0 to CS. By this point CS had developed a confidence and established a momentum that Shelford struggled to defend against.

Shelford did manage to get on the scoreboard on 50 minutes with a try from Mike Gillick, following a quickly taken penalty five metres out, and a conversion from Lewis Cracknell, taking the score to 32-7. CS then re-established their dominance, scoring a further three tries and largely depriving Shelford of ball to play with, taking the final score to 51-7.

It is undoubtedly tough to lose so many games, but the players’ commitment and their desire to improve should not be doubted. Dan Richmond has brought experience and freshness to training, and much needed back-up for Mike Gillick, and it surely only a matter of time before the efforts of the training pitch pay-off on match days.

Next week it’s yet another important game with Chingford visiting the Davey Field.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

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League round up

Other London & SE Premier results

Dorking
15
18
23
21
Tunbridge Wells
18
17
Westcliff
Sutton & Epsom
38
24

League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Dorking 13 35
9. Tunbridge Wells 13 31
10. CS Stags 1863 13 30
11. Brentwood 13 28
12. Bedford Athletic 13 28
13. Chingford 13 27
14. Shelford 13 3

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