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Stags overcome a determined Sheffield Tigers

Stags overcome a determined Sheffield Tigers

By Matt Nundy
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The Stags win their final merit league away fixture by 22-24.

The Stags were given an intense examination of their credential as Merit Table Champions by a much strengthened Tigers XV, who at one stage looked like taking the spoils.

Due to there being no 1st XV fixture at Scunthorpe there was welcome touchline support from the Club and visitors from Clamart. Their vocal encouragement throughout the game was much appreciated.

Strengthened by the addition of Will Harrison, "Jeppo" Jepson, Aaron Coulthard, Jordan Nuttall and Dave "Garby" the Stags were quickly out of the blocks and on a heavy pitch ran in three scores within the first 15 minutes of play to stun their opponents.

Jake Goodison jinked his way over the line to score a deserved try following good forward play.

The Stags continued this momentum of sustained forward pressure and good back play to register further tries through Keiran Bournes and Will Harrison.

Ian Lee added two conversions to give a 19-0 scoreline in the Stags favour.

The hosts were now stung into action and responded with a try as a result of missed first time up tackles by the Stags to give a half time score of 5-19.

The Stags realised that they needed to rediscover their initial good play and apply themselves similarly to second half proceedings however Tiger's had different ideas.

Some canny player replacements by the opposition had a major impact on proceedings in the second half and the Stags struggled to be competitive and were continually punished for indiscretions at the breakdown.

The second half onslaught continued and Tigers were rewarded with two converted tries and a penalty to turn a 19-3 half time into a 22-19 lead.

With 15 minutes to go the Stags were reminded of the need to keep possession of the ball and to reduce the penalty count if they were to secure a victory.

The Stags duly responded led expertly by skipper Isaac Keighley.

Looking to continue to apply pressure to improve the scoreline the Stags received a setback when Jake Goodison received a yellow card.

This setback proved to be an incentive for the Stags to raise their game further and increase their focus and determination.

Wave after wave of forward surges in their opponents 22 finally resulted in Aaron Coulthard powering his way over the line for a try to give the Stags a slender lead going into the last 4 minutes of play.

The Stags managed to see out the remaining time to register an excellent win against a very good Tigers XV.

The final score was 24-22 to the Stags.

Throughout the game the contribution by Will Harrison, Jordan Nuttall, Garby and Jeppo was immense and ensured that the other players raised their game.

A complete all round performance with Ollie Aldridge nominated as man of the match.

This win was full of character and emphasised why the Stags never say die attitude makes them worthy Merit Table Champions.
The Stags now look forward to their last league fixture at home against Morley on the 18th April to round off a successful season.

Match report courtesy of Mr D Chapman.

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Sat 04, Apr 2015