Stanford 1st XV 25 v 10 Basildon 2s (
WITH both Stanford and Basildon’s oppositions being unavailable the two sides came together in a rematch of their January encounter. When Basildon last visited they were a depleted side but this time they were at full strength so the encounter promised to be a closer game.
Stanford started the stronger of the two sides with an early attack and a cross field kick that Kyle Munro sprinted onto and cross the line after just two minutes.
From the restart Basildon started to play rugby and definitely had the upper hand in the scrums. Despite being push back at the set piece Stanford were able to keep the ball and from just inside the Basildon half they moved the ball from right to left where Adam Gander’s pace and strength pushed him through the tackle and spun over the line just after 16 minutes of play.
Ten minutes of battle between the two sides ensued from the kick off with both teams trading attacks. As Stanford ventured towards the Basildon line again they knocked on conceding a scrum about 10 metres out. Basildon controlled their scrum but Stanford scrum half Dominic McDonald was extremely fast to react as the Basildon scrum went to play the ball, not only did he disrupt the Basildon ball he also collected the ball and just short of the line popped to Ricky Percival who crossed the line for Stanford’s 3rd unanswered score. Calum Reid stepped up and comfortably added the extra two points.
With the time ticking down Stanford were awarded a lineout but the Basildon back line was caught off side and Reid didn’t hesitate at kicking the penalty through the posts to take Stanford to half time 20 – 0 over their visitors.
The 2nd half didn’t start well for Basildon with a yellow card. Despite being down to 14 men they were the first to score when from inside their own half a great line of run left the Stanford defence wrong footed and they won the foot race to the line.
The 2nd half was developing into a rather scrappy game with neither side playing good controlled rugby. As frustrations broke out a player from each side was given 10 minutes of down reducing both sides to 14 men. With two minutes left on the sin bin Liam Morley went of one of his driving runs and bullied his way towards the Basildon line, Jared Gounden was on hand to finish the move off.
As the game settled down and was fast approaching its conclusion Basildon had the last say as they came off the back of a scrum and the Stanford defence didn’t fully commit to their tackles. The final score favoured Stanford 25 -10, it hadn’t been spectacle rugby but it had been a good competitive game. Stanford’s man of the match as their link man between the forwards and backs scrum half Dominic McDonald.
Stanford 2nd XV 13 v 37 Ilford 2s
Stanford played hosts to Ilford 2nd string in the John Adler Cup. The visitors play their rugby two leagues above their hosts so clearly Stanford despite home advantage was the underdogs. However the Stanford team hadn’t read the script and in the first half match their opponents are every play and at half time the scores were level at 13 apiece.
The 2nd half was the undoing of Stanford the unity they had shown in the first half started to come apart and Ilford my good this advantage by scoring 24 unanswered points. Despite the final score line of 13 -37 to Ilford Stanford had shown themselves to be worthy competitors and had made their quests work very hard for their victory. Stanford’s man of the Match was Paul Starns
Stanford u15s (50) – Burnham u15s (7) – Away win friendly
Stanford under 15s 13 man team were too strong for the 14 man side of Burnham and romped to a 50 – 7 away win. Burnham are a very gutsy team and never gave up trying to contest all the break downs but Stanford’s better ball skills, line speed and support play was the telling factors.
A hat trick of tries for Ross Gale was sealed when he selflessly switched sides to play for Burnham when they lost a player to injury 10 minutes before time. Daniel Davidson added a brace to his first season of rugby tries using his pace and good support play. Joseph Dulligal added a try of his own plus 4 conversions. Ben Kersch-Hunt was powerful all game and deserved his try after sprinting to the line and shrugging off the Burnham defence. Captain Matthew Hook scored the last of Stanford’s tries with a very good individual effort. However try scorer and conversion kicker 2nd row Marcus Edgeway took Stanford’s man of the match for his breaking runs, powerful mauling and total security under the high ball, yes he is a 2nd row forward.