Stockwood Park were knocked out of the RFU Senior Vase, playing away at Rugby St Andrews, with a curates egg of a performance – good in parts.
Showing six changes from their league success last week, Park’s performance was mixed with some fine team interplay for several of their tries but with unforced errors and some suspect defence to allow the home team to take control of the match in the second half.
Park were soon behind to a penalty from the home team before they responded instantly with the best try of the match, starting within their own 22 and finishing with their hard-working skipper, Jamie Hoque, scoring near to the posts. Centre Matt Jones added the extras. Rugby responded with their own converted try before Park forward pressure secured a penalty try. Rugby responded with a penalty before further pressure from Park’s forwards saw Tom Edmonds driven over to give Park a 19-13 lead. In a hectic conclusion to the first half Park conceded two further tries to turn round at 19 -23 behind.
In the second half Park struggled to take control of the game and conceded three further tries before former Colt, Will Standring, playing in the centre, scored his debut try for the 1st xv in the last few minutes.
This week Park return to league action with a home game against Northampton BBOB . Ko 3pm