London Skolars 42 Hemel Stags 22

London Skolars 42 Hemel Stags 22

5th September 2017





Half Time 24-8


The Stags came off second best in this League 1 Shield local derby. When on the front foot they played some impressive rugby but weak defending at crucial moments cost them dear.


Hemel lost hooker Jono .Burns on the day through injury and with influential Mitch Vincent still on the injured list, the loss of two playmakers was noticeable but it was the Stags who were first on the scoreboard with a try on the right to Mark Barlow. Lewis Fairhurst unluckily hitting the post with the difficult conversion.


Not for the first time this season they failed to deal with the kick off and conceded a drop out from under the posts giving Skolars the perfect opportunity to level the scores with a try. Former Stag Jy-Mel Coleman's conversion giving them a two point advantage. 


With 15 minutes gone Hemel retook the lead, some good forceful attacking play ended with Matt Welham touching down for an unconverted score. 


The game was see sawing between the teams now and Skolars were next to score, some soft tackling from the visitors allowing another ex Stag Ryan Chester over the line. Ben Pointer scored next for London after yet another former Hemel favourite Eddie M'Baraga made the hard yards. Another run from M'Baraga, showing a remarkable turn of speed, from well within his own half put Smokie Junor in for four more points to end the first half's scoring.


London began the second half as they had finished the first, racking up three tries in the first 12 minutes taking their lead out to 36 points to 8. Hemel came back at .Skolars with a good opportunist try by Marcus Elliott, he intercepted a lazy Skolars pass and sprinted fully seventy yards without being caught to go in under the posts. Lewis Fairhurst converted. 


Second Rower James Thornton was next to score for Hemel following a clever kick through. Lewis Fairhurst managed to hit the post for the second time in one game with his conversion attempt! Alex Williams scored in the far right corner, benefitting from some good passing and a teasing cross field kick


With the hooter about to blow Mike Bishay picked up a kindly bounce on a kick through to score one last try for the home team.


The Stags are at home this coming Sunday with a 2pm start against Hunslet.

London Skolars 42 Hemel Stags 22