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Stanford u13s vs, Cheshunt u13s

by Graham Loughran

Outstanding performance between two evenly matched sides who gave a spectacle of rugby.

An outstanding game played in fantastic spirits with parent support that just added to the atmosphere of entertainment. This game edge both ways throughout out.

Cheshunt took an early lead when they push the ball wide and out stripped the wing defence of Stanford. However although slow to start Stanford soon got back on even terms when Sam Smith dodged and weaved his way through the defence and hacked the ball on over the try line. Smith unable to ground the ball was followed in support by Sean Loughran who was first to pounce of the loose ball to get Stanford on the score board. Max Clarke was spot on with his first kick dissecting the posts.

This exchange was to be the way in which the game was played neither side taking a decisive lead and not getting the upper hand.

Stanford was to score tries sometimes is answer to Cheshunt or to take a small lead. Max Clarke scored Stanford’s second try after scrum half Matthew Hook had delivered a quick ball to Captain Zack Burdett who’s timed passed was perfection taking out the cover defence. Clarke sprinted to the line touching down behind the posts, Clarke then stepped up and without kicking tee dropped kicked the extra points after 11 minutes of play.

Fly half Callum Newton showed nerve and composure throughout the game with tactical play and kicking from hand. Newton took a well-deserved try on 20 minutes when his line of attack was accurate and direct stepping several tackles to score out wide.

At half time scores were all square and the game was posed on a knife edge.

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Zack Burdett lead his team from the restart with a very strong run, handing off players and stepping his way to the line after just 2 minutes of play. Only 9 minutes later Burdett was again outstanding as he ended a Stanford move which saw the forwards maulling towards the Cheshunt line. Matthew Hook at scrum half was commanding his Pack and could be heard giving clear instructions. The backs linked with good hands and Burdett ran the length of the pitch to touch down behind the posts. Clark again slotted the extra two points.

Stanford now had the lead with but only 5 minutes of play remaining Cheshunt came back with a try of their own to edge the score by 3 points, No matter what Stanford did they couldn’t get themselves back into a scoring position and the game was so close that all coaches and supporters gave the players from both sides a rapturous applause for an outstanding entertaining game at the end with Cheshunt edging the game 34 – 31.

Extra mention must be given to Ross Gale who carried the ball strongly throughout the game making hard metres and setting the team on their way. Ben Spurgeon despite being hurt was thrown back into action before being subbed, taking a loose ball and smashing through several tackles to set the ball for his side. Marcus Edgeway or better known as “The Maul” for his stubborn display was impeccable and a real pain in the tight plays.

However man of the match goes to Peter Colbert who made some try saving tackles, hard yards and was safe under high ball.

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