HEMEL STAGS 13 WHITEHAVEN 50 hemelsta.champmodel.dyndns.info

3rd September 2018



H/T 13 - 16


Whitehaven made the long trip back to Cumbria on Sunday evening with 2 points in the bag after defeating the Stags in an exciting game but they were perhaps a little relieved because, at least for the first 40 minutes, Hemel were a match for them.


With the return at full back of Louis Sheriff the Stags looked more organised at the back and Kadeem Williams linked up well with Darren Forde to give the visitors plenty of problems on the right wing. Whitehaven were a big, powerful side and certainly used the size of their forwards well, their tactics seemed to be to take the ball up the middle and try to batter the Hemel defence with muscle.


Both teams tested each other out in the opening sets until Whitehaven got the scoreboard moving on 13 minutes with a try by Green in the right corner. Abraham missed the kick. Only 3 minutes later and player coach Carl Forster notched the first of his hat trick using his size to barge over between the sticks on a last tackle  power play. Abraham’s conversion brought up double figures.


From the restart Whitehaven made a complete Horlicks of fielding the ball and Hemel were awarded the goal line drop out which saw the start of Hemel getting on the front foot and begin bossing their opponents. It was inevitable they would score sooner rather than later and they did on 19 minutes, prop Lewis Taylor spinning his way out of a multi player tackle to go over under the sticks. Kieran Smith converting.


Against the run of play Whitehaven scored through Coward, the final pass looking well forward to everybody but the officials! Hemel rallied immediately and when Paul Stamp broke the defensive line he selflessly passed inside for the unmarked Sonny Esslemont to scamper over. Smith’s conversion brought the Stags to within 4 points of the visitors which was reduced by another point as Kieran Smith dropped a goal right on the hooter. 


There was a lot of shouting and anger in the Whitehaven dressing room during the break and credit to them as they came out on a charge. Probably the best try of the game went to Mossop on 43 minutes, the ball going along the line to the right wing. 


The Stags started to tire in the hot conditions and with the effort of stopping the ball being taken up by the big Cumbrian pack. Two missed tackles in the centre of the park made it easy for Thompson to score the next try Carl Forster got his hat trick with two quick try’s, both involved him using his bulk well to charge over from close range.


As Hemel tried to get themselves back in the game Jono Burns was unlucky not to score, he broke the tackle and was just about to cross the chalk when a flailing arm managed to dislodge the ball from his grasp! Further heartache for the Stags followed when they had a try ruled out for a forward pass.


Whitehaven were perhaps a little flattered to reach the 50 point mark with a converted try on the hooter, the score was another close range crash over.


After the game Coach Jack Howieson said “we are improving week on week and I’m pleased with how the lads are progressing. I really do think we were the better team for the first half but we found it difficult to cope with the intensity for the full 80 minutes”


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