Pegasus IIs 19, Stanford IIs 32
THIS league fixture saw Stanford travelling to Pegasus’s new home in hope that they could revenge the early season defeat at home.
A very tight game with lots of hard fought battles all over the field lead to a tough competitive game which Stanford just had the edge. Stanford try scorers were; Jared Gouden, Jack Egar, Adam Brown, Ricky Percival with Sean Cochrane converting 2 try and kicking one Penalty. Stanford’s man of the match was debutant Ricky Percival.
Tonbridge Juddians 12, Stanford Sirens 30
Stanford U15s 31, Eaton Manor 31
This game was set up to develop both teams, to allow coaches to test new players to try new setups. Manor came short of their Essex players but came with masses of attitude and passion. It would be easy to wax lyrical about one side or the other but to be honest that would be unfair to both sides as they were two very evenly match teams that played with so much passion and gave everything to the game.
The open play drifted in favour of one team then the other and the final result of 31 all was the right result. Stanford and Manor really couldn’t be split both having moments of brilliance and both of errors which made the game so exciting. Manor scored first from an excellent move but Stanford came back minutes later through Joe Duligall off the back of a strong forwards controlled move.
Manor put Stanford to the sword with two fast tries well worked to the wings, good forwards play and fast running put Stanford on the back foot. Rocked but not knocked out Stanford counter acted the Manor play with another well-deserved try from Daniel Davidson, who came through on a strong support ball to cross the manor line after having powered his way over.
Manor once again showed Stanford that they could play fast flowing rugby and again touched down to push themselves further ahead. Ross Gale playing at outside centre a position he hadn’t played in a long while showed that his strength and speed was a match for the Manor defence and closed the half out for Stanford on a high.
At half time several changes were made with four players coming into the fray. These changes didn’t detract from Stanford’s game and from the off Duligall was put into space by fly half Ben Kelly. Duligall’s pace and step allowed him to weave through the Manor defence to open the 2nd half scoring. Manor only gave Stanford a short breather before putting themselves ahead once again on the score board.
Within 11 minutes of the second half Stanford scored the third try of the half when Zack Burdett drew then off loaded to James Colbert who dived for the line. Duligall was successful with both Stanford tries and this left the score evenly balanced at 31 apiece. The remainder of the half had neither side given ground nor gaining a permanent hold which made for an exciting and enthralling game.
Stanford’s man of the match was awarded to Ben Kelly who once again gave an outstanding mature performance at Fly Half. Directing the attacking play, making some excellent tactical decisions and hit good defensive tackles.
Ongar 20, Stanford U12s 41
STANFORD arrived at Ongar with 2 props and their captain missing and were faced with the prospect of a their first full pitch match. But in true Stanford Spirit they had a good old go anyway. Why not?
The first quarter ended with Owen Ryley and new speedster Joseph Allan getting a try each. Ryley converted the latter.
The second ten minutes started well with Tommy Stewart coming off the bench and scooping up a pass from Allan to score his first for the season.
The Red’s then took their foot off the gas and allowed Ongar 2 unanswered, well worked tries before half time.
The second half account was re opened for Stanford courtesy of Allen who out paced everyone, even the ref to score his second. Ryley added the extra 2 points.
Karl Segui had been working hard with Joe McCarry and Alex Stephens around the field all day. Not easy for the 3 man pack but they were not found wanting. Segui slid from the back of the maul and scored a true forward’s try. Ryley was good once more.
The third quarter was once more set ablaze by Joseph “Flash” Allan who got his hat trick and then another moments later.
Ongar saw out the rest of the game and scored a brace of tries against a visibly tired Stanford team who had enough of a cushion to relax.
Player of the day was Joseph Allan, or Flash as he now known. A perfect debut!
Stanford U7/8s away to Ongar
BIT of a slow start for the Stanford team, they needed to push forward a bit more and use the space around them. Remembering where the try line was would also be useful after Adam Mandry made a brilliant dart for the line but over ran it by at least 10 foot. Once Stanford had got into their stride they put some great moves together but it was a little to late and they lost 22 tries to 8. Stanford’s try scorers were; Freddie Parks x 4, Jmes Louden, Adam Mandry, Zach Hussey and Matt Jackman.