Saturday, February 24, 2024

Rugby: Stanford rugby round-up

Bancroft RFC 2’s 16 – Stanford RFC 2’s 23

STANFORD’S second team season got off to a belated start following their first game of the season begin cried off by the opposition, and what awaited them was a tough test at a strong Bancroft RFC side. The early points all came from the boot of the Bancroft kicker, with the game being a tight affair in the first 25 minutes. As the game opened up however the pace of the Stanford back line began to show, with a number of clean breaks coming off the back of some slick first phase moves, and Stanford moved themselves into the lead with four tries coming from Nathan Hawkes, Michael Kite, Jay Rodgers and Harry Tillet.

Bancroft however refused to roll over and came back with a try around the 70th minute, setting up a tense last 10 minutes. Finishing strong, Bancroft were running hard lines at the defence, but battered and bruised Stanford dug deep. With some well executed tactical kicking from Tom Tresseder  at fly half they maintained good field position to see out the game for a well-deserved victory. Man of the match was awarded to Harry Tillet for his tireless work in the loose.

Peterbough Ladies (7) – Stanford Sirens (19)

Last season this fixture was a walk over for Peterborough when sirens took only 11 players. This time putting out a full side meant a different outcome.

The forwards were dominating the break down early on with captain Sophie Davies racking up the turn overs. The power house of Mikhaela Bell and Heidi Rumble at each ruck was hard for Peterborough to contend with. Stanford’s 8,9,10 trio of Amber Hallman, Ellis Powell and Kat Richardson seemed to make all the right decisions at the right times.

First blood went to Vicky Matthews out wide. The home team then scored and converted just before half time but the 2nd half would be all Sirens. Centres Holly Nelson and Lily Stribling were physical in defence but agile in attack and managed to set up Matthews again. Another turn over saw Genevieve Harman link up with the backs and once more Matthews was on the end to finish her hat trick. Hallman added the extras. Impressive in defence were the wingers Lisa Gounden and Gemma Smith and overall the team only conceded half a dozen penalties which was superb.

Final score 19-7 to Sirens.


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