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Third straight win for Stags


The incredible second half of the season continues with away win over Warriors RC.

Following on from win's against Pori and Joensuu, the Stags traveled to Helsinki once again, this time to face Warriors RC. The last time these two sides met the Stags were victorious, winning 120-19 however the team knew they would be in for a much tougher match this time around.In dreadful weather conditions the Stags started strongly, with some great ball carries from Andreas Näse to put the Stags on the front foot, they were awarded a penalty which Captain and Fly Half Curtis Bradford took a quick tap and raced past the offside Warriors defense to score in the corner. The Stags were in control however the poor conditions were making it difficult to pull away, however they did score following a line out steal and some good passing in midfield Outside Centre Rasmus Basilier showed some fancy footwork to go in for the second try of the day, which was followed soon after by the third, from Pontus Wiktorsson who showed how much he has improved as a scrum half over the season by getting a typical scrum half's try by throwing a dummy pass from the contact area and reaching over to score. There was just one more try in the first half, following a set play Curtis broke free again and went around the full back to score under the post's giving the away side a 24-0 lead at half time.

The weather was slowly improving, however the field was still extremely slippery which sometime hindered the open style of play the Stags were looking to use. However they did manage to score the first points of the second half, following a clearance kick from the Warriors, Stags Full back Viktor Falander, who was playing his first match back from injury, counter attacked and scored a fine try to go along with his earlier conversion kicks. Following another backs set play wing Rasmus Eklund showed great speed to score his first try of the day. Warriors hit back with a try following some good ball carrying from their forward pack, but then the Stags scored again from Anton Holmberg who was very impressive in his first match as a no.8, he soon after added an assist to his day passing to Rasmus Eklund for his second try of the match. Just after this Curtis completed his hat trick with a run down the side line and dive in the corner, some argued he was out of bounds but the referee awarded the score. Stags were then down a player as Rasmus Basilier was sin binned for diving on top of a maul, and the Warriors took advantage scoring their second try. There was one final score from Jonny Rydell who got past the defense before running about 40 meters to score by the posts in the final act of a good match. There were many great individual performances for the Stags, Wing Anton Eklund was superb with counter attacking and 18 year old Axel Sneitz- Björkman got stuck in to the contact whenever he could. The man of the match was Andreas Näse, however it could of gone to one of five or six players. But what was most impressive about the performance from the Stags was not the individual performance but the team performance in difficult conditions, which shows the massive improvement they have had this year. They left Helsinki with 62-10 victory, and now have one final division match against Joensuu next Saturday.Warriors 10

Stags 62 

Tries- Curtis Bradford (3), Rasmus Basilier, Pontus Wittkorsson, Viktor Falander, Rasmus Eklund (2), Anton Holmberg, Jonny Rydell

Conversions- Viktor Falander (4/8) Dylan Hermans (1/2)


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