1XV v HAC 3 – 64

Stockwood let a promising start slip away at HAC on Saturday, with the home side cruising to a 64-3 victory.

Park played smart with possession in the first half, and were camped in the home sides 22 for large sections of play. Despite all of the pressure, Stockwood only managed three points, with a Ieuan-Rhys Beal penalty midway through the half.

A brace of tries either side of Parks only points should of put the game to bed, but Stockwood rallied and with back rower Michael Powell and second rowers Will Varnals and Phil Doherty punching holes through the HAC line, but the home sides scramble defence was strong, and were able to re-organise quickly and their menacing speed to the breakdown saw any chance of quick ball killed, and put an end to the opportunity.

Centre partners Jack Brooks and Martin Rowe both gave a strong account of themselves, with Rowe putting in trademark barn-storming runs straight through the opposing line, but with no support for the Welshman, the home side were able to turn over and counter effectively.

The second half was more of an uphill struggle for the visitors, with Stockwood not able to build on an improving first half performance. Despite some strong running from scrum half Frank Daly, who continues to grow into that number 9 shirt and full back Dan Corsie who looks astute under the high ball and a powerful runner.

Captain Jamie Hoque said: “We played some great running rugby in parts today, but against teams like HAC who are so dangerous in open play, as shown today, we need to learn to be more clinical in the red zone.

“We were guilty of leaving two, maybe three tries out there today, and although the scoreline reads heavy in HAC’s favour, I am proud of all the lads who pulled on that Stockwood jersey.

“A big shout out must go to Adam (Troy) and Dan (Corsie) who both made their first team debuts and played superbly. Adams scrummaging was superb and got himself around the park all game, and Dan was solid under the high ball and a threat with ball in hand for the full 80 minutes.”

Final score: HAC RFC 64-3 Stockwood Park 1st XV

Point scorers: I R Beal 1P


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