Rugby: Stanford hold fast against Steelers

Kings Cross Steelers 1st XV (10) – Stanford RFC 1st XV (22)

STANFORD had the start they were after, collecting the ball from a Steelers kick off they charged forward. The phase play was seamless and just after 3 minutes hooker Sam Herbert sprinted around the stretched Steelers defence to score for Stanford’s first points of the day.

From the restart Steelers applied pressure on Stanford turning over the ball. Building an attacking platform Steelers pushed on and Stanford were penalised for hands in the ruck. Steeler’s kicker stepped up and made the kick easy bringing his side on the score board.

After the restart the play was all with Stanford but Steelers are no slouches when it comes to defending and they kept Stanford at bay for a long time, even managing to hold up a try attempt by Steelers. Having held up Stanford, Steelers then had to defend a scrum on their own 5 metre line. With Stanford lined up left scrum half Dominic McDonald darted right muscled his way through the covering defence and touched down.

Steelers had the last word just before half time with a strong forward play try powering over the line and followed by a good conversation to bring the scores all level 10 apiece.

The second half Stanford’s attacking tempo was fast and after a couple of quick attacks Liam Morley came flying in and was unstoppable crossing the line to take Stanford back into the lead. The lead was extended from the boot of Calum Reid with the following conversation.

Stanford’s 4th try came from an awesome break by Jared Gounden making 30 meters then off-loading to centre partner Morley who passed to Neil Cockrell tearing down the wing and over the try line.

Both sides and the weather had played their part in fairly messy game with Stanford taking the final whistle as winners 22 -10.

Stanford’s man of the match was a hard decision but the coaching team gave it to Gary Burke for his impact and constant hard work throughout the game.

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Stanford Sirens (35) – Hitchin Ladies (15)

Things started positively for the home side with the pack stealing a scrum and Kat Richardson, Holly Nelson and Georgina Kreysa linking up to open the scoring. Amber Patience converted for maximum points.

Nelson added her own soon afterwards and again the conversion was good. Lily Stribling on the wing cruised passed her opposite number just before Hitchin scored to make the half time score 21-5.


Vicky Mathews carved a line soon into the 2nd half after the forwards turned over yet another maul, and again Patience added the extras. Nelson scored her 2nd after some majestic handling in midfield from Richardson and new prop Mikhaela Bell.

Hitchin finished strong with 2 more tries but tireless work from the forwards kept them at arms distance and the Sirens won 35-15.Â

South Woodham Ferrers u17s (54) – Stanford U17s (12)

Try scorers were Ross Gale and Matthew Hook with Rhys Dell adding 1 conversion

Player of the Day Cameron Robinson on his debut for the club

Stanford u13s (30) – Braintree u13s (30)

Try scorers were Charlie Gander (2) & Michael Onilogbo (2)

Player of the day Michael Onilogbo

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