Rugby: Stamford College Old Boys pick up first win

Stamford College Old Boys collected their first win of the season on Saturday in a comfortable NLD cup win against North Hykeham.

From the kick off College were slow to start, turning the ball over in an instant and letting Hykeham score in the far end corner.

The conversion was good and it gave the College side the wake up they needed.

With stern words from Walker and Hickman, College went straight back at North Hykeham with Briggs controlling the forwards and releasing the backs.

Jons and Watt were starting to make inroads in the Hykeham defence and it wasn’t long before College got on the score sheet with Watt using his bulk to burst through the Hykeham back line and score in the corner. Jons was successful with the conversion.

After this College never really looked back and for the first time this season were showing aggression and competing for the ball at all costs.

The College lineout was successful on the majority of occasions throughout the match with Tindal and Kellett competing well.

This led to College’s second try of the afternoon when the Hykeham defence couldn’t cope with the pressure from a loose ball.

The lineout led to Wilby pouncing on the ball and scoring his first of the season. Jons was again successful with the extra point.

Hykeham then started to make themselves known with a more physical presence. Towards the end of the first half College were awarded a penalty and Walker, with a well-rehearsed move, scored under the posts.

Towards the end of the half Briggs was yellow carded with the Hykeham winger for exchanging handbags. College took the half time lead 21-7.

With Briggs in the bin French debutant Eric was playing scrum half and released the backs.

It wasn’t long before the team were on the score sheet again with Pattinson scoring and Jons converting.

Briggs was back on the pitch and Eric went back on the wing

College scored thanks to a good run from Eric and after stealing the ball at a lineout, Pattinson went over following a scrum.

Hykeham players decided to pick themselves back up but College weren’t finished as Pulley, Jons, Moss, Wilby and Hickman impressed with their tackling. Jons in particular made three try-saving tackles.

Pattinson then went over for his hat-trick and Jons kept his 100 per cent record with the boot.

College captain Carl Walker said: “A huge credit must go to all the lads, especially Kevin Pulley who put his body on the line and showed his commitment to the club, Dan Wilby, who stepped up to play hooker and played remarkably well and capped his performance with a try, and finally the man of the match John Hickman for his effort on the pitch for the full 80.”

College: Hickman, Wilby, Walker, Tindal, Pattinson, Moss, Pulley, Kellett, Briggs, Jons, Eric, Watt, Lonslow, De-Salis, Durrant Subs S. Walker, Bates, Jim