Hemel Stags 18 N W Crusaders 38

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22nd August 2017





Half Time 18  -  16


The Stags faced a second club from the Principality in as many weeks when North Wales .Crusaders were the visitors but unlike last weeks game the Stags came off second best in this encounter although it was not through lack of effort and at half time it looked like a home win was on the cards. Hemel were weakened with injuries coming into the game and Crusaders proved too strong over the eighty minutes.


The .welshmen got off to a flying start by racking up three tries in the first 15 minutes, the first by Dale Bloomfield in the left corner followed soon after by prop Walker managing to get the ball down as the Hemel defence tried to keep him upright. A second try to Bloomfield, almost a carbon copy of his first took the score to 16-0 in the visitors favour.


The Stags were stung into action and came back almost straight away. A superb 40-20 kick by the impressive Jack Wray set the scene for Forward power house Reece .Williams to twist away from his markers and crash over. Lewis Fairhurst getting the extra two points. Jono Burns went in under the posts following a Reece 

Williams pass and as the half time hooter was due Matt Welham went in for another try converted by Fairhurst, giving the Stags a two point interval lead.


What was said to the Crusaders at half time we will never know but they emerged from the sheds looking a better outfit than that which ended the first stanza. Shortly after the restart they were pulled back for a forward pass when set to score on the left, Dale Bloomfield was given 10 minutes in the bin when he questioned the linesman on the validity of his decision. 


Crusaders got the scoreboard ticking on 56 minutes, a scoot and dummy from Lee Hudson in his 100th game for the club was loudly celebrated by the noisy Crusaders fans. Sadly Luke Warburton had to receive some lengthy attention from the Doctor due to an accidental injury to his neck. The Welshman going off to hospital to be checked over.


Hemel's Jono Burns saw a yellow card for a tackle off the ball and Crusaders immediately went in for a try by Baker under the posts. Making their numerical advantage count Baker scored again minutes later. A final Crusaders try by Aaron Moore on the final whistle made it 3 Welsh tries in the final 10 minutes and although North Wales certainly deserved the win it did make the gap between the two sides unrepresentative of a close game.


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