Stags not hot
Chesham start the year with a bonus point win
Two plus two is four minus one that's three, quick maths. Three is the total number of points scored the last time these two teams met earlier in the season. This defeat still stung the Stags and it was clear from their preparation that they didn’t want a repeat of this score line. In their way was one of the form teams in the league who had spent most of the season riding high in second place.
The game kicked off with a fierce intensity both sides hoped to maintain for the entire 80 minutes. It was the home side who gained the early initiative with the forwards gaining the territory to allow Captain Jack Davies to drive over from the back of a ruck. Tom Hirst converted to give the Stags an early 7-0 lead.
The forwards continued to take the fight to Littlemore with number 8 Robbie Jaycocks prominent with his strong carries into the opposition defence. Chesham once again took the play into the Littlemore 22 and Robbie Jaycocks had the pace and power to run in the second try from a ruck 10m from the line. Tom Hirst duly converted to extend the lead.
The rest of the half was dominated by Littlemore who forced the Stags to absorb heavy pressure. Despite this the Chesham defence held and they went in at halftime with 14-0 lead.
The second half started in the same manner as the first had ended with the away side piling on the pressure. This time the dam broke and Littlemore scored two converted tries to draw level.
The momentum shifted back to the Stags and they started to spend more time in the opposition half as the game wore on. The pressure brought its reward and after an infringement from Littlemore Tom Hirst added a penalty to his points tally.
The Stags were in no mood for letting up and continued to drive deep into the opposition half.
Scrum half Simon Armitage showed his opportunistic instincts by sniping from the base of the ruck, kicking through and beating the fullback to the ball to slide in for the Stags third try.
The bonus point came after more good work from the forwards. They drove a tiring Littlemore pack backwards in the scrum to give Robbie Jaycocks the space to pick up and drive over the line. Another Tom Hirst conversion kept the score moving up.
The Stags weren’t done yet and continued to press the Littlemore try line. Good pressure took the ball over the line but wasn’t grounded. The Stags pressed again and another pick and go saw hooker Taz Hagan crash over for the final try.
Man of the Match: Robbie Jaycocks