Stoneygate Vets get the better of big neighbours

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High scoring rugby was not just the preserve of Rome, Murrayfield and Twickenham last Saturday. Uppingham Community College can be added to the list where 72 points were scored in the match between Stoneygate Vets and Market Harborough Vets.

A very competitive Market Harborough Vets side came to Uppingham to take on a Stoneygate Vets team who, despite having only played two other games this season, contained a wealth of experience.

After a frantic 80 minutes of competition Stoneygate ran out 38-34 winners.

Gate started much the brighter with a couple of early scores, but were soon pegged back by the Harborough side who play regularly together which was obvious from the outset.

A well drilled Harborough pack were in the ascendency early on and put lots of pressure on the Gate forwards who managed to respond well, winning scrums against the head and possession at opposition line-outs.

The visitors played to their strengths, keeping play tight in the forwards and avoiding the quicker Stoneygate back-line. The two styles of play on the day meant that scoring was quite even and the lead changed hands on multiple occasions.

In the end it was Stoneygate who prevailed winning 38-34 despite a late comeback which saw Market Harborough scoring two tries in the closing moments.

It was a fixture played in great spirits and credit must go to both clubs in fielding very competitive teams given the Six Nation distractions .

Harborough vets also turned up in their ‘Vets’ uniform of tweed jackets and flatcaps for the post match function.