Stanford Senior Men and Women maintain 100% record all round.Dagenham 1st XV (19) Stanford 1st XV (31)AN untidy start from the kick off had Stanford under pressure straight away as Dagenham surged forward. The Stanford defence held firm and repelled the Dagenham attack. Dagenham tried to use the wind and sun to their advantage but Jamie Lake and Jacob Cushing dealt with the long range kicks with ease.One long kick from Dagenham was well fielded by Cushing who left the chasing Dagenham attack wrong footed. Keeping the move flowing Cushing passed onto a charging Liam Morley, who stepped, then handed off and finally carried on his back the last Dagenham defender across the line to open the scoring and that’s the way it stayed till half time.plan.At the restart Stanford collected their own kick just as Dagenham had done to start the first half. Stanford pressurised the Dagenham defence and were awarded a penalty just 5 metres out. Instead of taking a certain 3 points Stanford tapped the penalty and Gary Burke punched a hole through the defending line to score. Calum Reid took his side to a 12 point lead when he added the extra two points.At the next scrum after the restart Stanford drove the Dagenham pack back and was awarded a penalty. Again Stanford choose to run the ball, the forwards hit forward and then then the backs were released, with Morley coming back on the reverse angle and diving over the line for his 2nd try of the day.The next score was Dagenham’s when Stanford gave too much space to the home sides outside centre who skirted around the defence and ran in under the posts to make the conversion for his side easy.At the restart Stanford Regained control, Stanford’s inside centre Jared Gounden broke a direct line and made huge ground into the Dagenham half. As Gounden was brought down he twisted and delivered a sweet pass into the hands of Billy Smith who finished off the moved powering over the line for Stanford’s fourth try and a bonus point. Reid added the extra points to pull his side further ahead.Not to be out done Dagenham came back hard at their visitors. Defending on the back foot Stanford were being pulled one way then the other. Dagenham put together a good few strong phases and with Stanford defending on their try line it was only matter of time before Dagenham broke down the door and crossed the Stanford line again.Stanford continued to attack and were awarded an attacking scrum where they drove the Dagenham pack 5 metres. Burke at the back controlled the ball and when the time was right he picked and charged over the line for his 2nd and Stanford’s fifth try with Reid adding the extra points.With the game almost over it was Dagenham who had the last say when they broke free and ran in under the posts and converted on full time. Stanford’s man of the match was given to Jared Gounden, who was once again strong in defence and dynamic in attack.Kings Cross Steelers 2’s (5) Stanford RFC 2’s (38) Stanford’s second team season continued where they left off against Bancroft with a comprehensive victory against Kings Cross Steelers 2nd team. The first half Stanford dominated territory, and the pack was particularly strong. Winning scrums against the head, counter rucking well and Gareth Beach putting in a thunderous hit on the opposition. Tries from Wayne Leach and Ryan Nelson had the half time score at 0-12. The second half started much the same as the first with the Stanford pack again dominating the breakdown, at this point almost every Kings Cross scrum was being won against the head, making it very difficult for the Steelers to get a foothold in the game. This combined with hard running, particularly from second row Blaine Norton, was leaving the Steelers with far too much to do, creating space out wide for the Stanford backs to exploit. The second half saw tries from Kieran Carney, Nathan Hawkes, a second from Ryan Nelson and a final flourish from front row James Hunter giving a deserved winning margin. Man of the match was awarded to Stanford scrum half Kieran Carney who worked particularly hard in defence, and kicked 4 conversions.Stanford Sirens (60) Stockwood Park Ladies (5)Momentum was the key word for Stanford Sirens this weekend as they took on Stockwood Park at the rec. The pack gave no mercy at the break down and the back line showed more class than a Downtown Abbey Christmas soiree. Holly Nelson and Lily Stribling both notched up a hattrick, Vicki Matthews a brace and Kat Richardson and Ellis Powell one each. Amber Patience also converted 5 times for a final score of 60-5. Skipper Sophie Davies commended a full team effort which must continue throughout the season.Stanford u12s (15) Southend u12s (35)Stanford under 12s first game of the season was against a well drilled southend team. The visitors won the first game 15-5 with Danny J pouncing in a chip by T Rawe. The 2nd game saw a more positive start for the reds. Captain Flinn lead from inside centre with a massive tackle rate alongside tackle machine Josh. New player Ethan scored a brace before half time, both outstanding individual efforts. However Southend came back strong in the second half to clinch the game 20-10.
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