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Stevenage Town
Tabard
P Pearson, J Tipene, C Mitchell (2), I Crompton, A Banna (2)
Tries
J Reilly, J Hancock, G Gough, J Reilly
G Lewis (4)
Conversions
J Reilly, J Reilly
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Convincing in the end for seven try Town

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This was something of a Jekyll and Hyde performance by Stevenage in which they scored seven really good tries, interspersed by some indifferent, passing, catching and kicking.

Because of this, Tabard kept in touch until Conor Mitchell scored his second try of the afternoon from the last play of the match.

Stevenage welcomed back the returning Jordan Ross, whilst new recruit Dave Armstrong came off the bench in the second half. Both players slotted in well and made good contributions.

It was Tabard that started strongly and they took the lead as early as the 6th minute. A period of sustained pressure was broken when fly half Jack Reilly exploited a gap in the Stevenage defence to open the scoring.

Stevenage v Tabard
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Stevenage responded in great style with two quick tries of their own. First, in the 9th minute Jesse Tipene made an excellent break and linked with Alex Banna before the ball was quickly recycled and Phil Pearson scored under the posts. Gareth Lewis added the conversion. Town’s second try came straight from the kick-off with a surging run by George Turvey before Tipene finished off the move with a twenty-five yard dash to the line.

Tabard were not to be outdone and came back strongly themselves. In the 17th minute, Stevenage were reduced to fourteen for ten minutes when Adam Amos “took one for the team”, being forced to collapse a twenty yard rolling maul, following a line out. The visitors took advantage of the extra man and Stevenage’s inability to land three clearance kicks when Jamie Hancock charged down the third to score under the posts. Reilly added the conversion to bring the scores level.

With Amos restored, Stevenage added two further tries before the interval to secure a first half try bonus point. In the 32nd minute, Mitchell scored his first try of the afternoon, selling two dummies to round off a good Stevenage mood. The try bonus came in the 37th minute. This time Lewis broke through the defence and Ian Crompton still had plenty to do to evade the covering defence before completing the try. Lewis added the conversion and Town went into half time with a lead of 24 – 12.

Tabard’s job was made harder from the kick-off with an unforced handling error, which handed possession to Stevenage. A series of drives ended with Banna making the decisive break to score his fifteenth try of the season. Lewis added his third conversion of the afternoon.

Banna made it sixteen for the season just over half way through the second half to stretch the Town lead even further. Chris McGrath linked well with Banna and he found the gap to increase the lead to 36 – 12 and seemingly put the match beyond Tabard.

The visitors had other ideas and came back with two further tries to secure a well deserved try bonus point. In the 69th minute, George Gough scored wide on the right after a series of attacking moves and six minutes later, after a succession of penalties conceded by Town, Reilly took one quickly and dived in under the posts. Reilly converted his own try and Tabard had reduced the arrears to 36 – 24.

Any nerves that Stevenage may have had were eradicated when Mitchell scored his second try from the last play of the match. This was an individual try in which Mitchell burst through forty yards leaving the defence flailing behind him, to score under the posts. Lewis added another conversion to make the final score 43 – 24.

Stevenage travel to Harrow next Saturday for the penultimate match of the league season.

Stevenage Town Team: Michael Wilson, George Turvey, Alex Banna, Gareth Lewis, Jordan Ross (Dave Armstrong 63 mins), Jesse Tipene, Ian Crompton (Chris McGrath 50 mins), Barry Cook (Jack Zbucki 63 mins), Darren Outram, Bradley Cook, Conor Mitchell, Adam Amos, Scott Quarmby, Wes Moore, Phil Pearson

Subs not used: None

Tries: Phil Pearson
Jesse Tipene
Conor Mitchell (2)
Ian Crompton
Alex Banna (2)

Conversions: Gareth Lewis (4)

Key moments

6:00
Try Jack Reilly scores for Tabard
9:00
Try Phil Pearson scores for Stevenage Town
10:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
11:00
Try Jesse Tipene scores for Stevenage Town
22:00
Try Jamie Hancock scores for Tabard
23:00
Conversion Jack Reilly kicks a conversion for Tabard
32:00
Try Conor Mitchell scores for Stevenage Town
37:00
Try Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
38:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
42:00
Try Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
43:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
62:00
Try Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
69:00
Try George Gough scores for Tabard
75:00
Try Jack Reilly scores for Tabard
76:00
Conversion Jack Reilly kicks a conversion for Tabard
79:00
Try Conor Mitchell scores for Stevenage Town
80:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town

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Stevenage v Tabard
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Stevenage v Tabard

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 43 - 24
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
79:00 Try 41 - 24
Conor Mitchell scores for Stevenage Town
76:00 Conversion 36 - 24
Jack Reilly kicks a conversion for Tabard
75:00 Try 36 - 22
Jack Reilly scores for Tabard
70:00 Missed Conversion
Jack Reilly misses a conversion for Tabard
69:00 Try 36 - 17
George Gough scores for Tabard
63:45 Sub On
David Anthony is substituted on for Stevenage Town
63:45 Sub Off
Jordan Ross is substituted off for Stevenage Town
63:30 Sub On
Jacek Zbucki is substituted on for Stevenage Town
63:30 Sub Off
Barry Cook is substituted off for Stevenage Town
63:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
62:00 Try 36 - 12
Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
50:00 Sub Off
Ian Crompton is substituted off for Stevenage Town
50:00 Sub On
Chris McGrath is substituted on for Stevenage Town
43:00 Conversion 31 - 12
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
42:00 Try 29 - 12
Alex Banna scores for Stevenage Town
End of period 1
38:00 Conversion 24 - 12
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
37:00 Try 22 - 12
Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
33:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
32:00 Try 17 - 12
Conor Mitchell scores for Stevenage Town
27:00 Missed Penalty
Gareth Lewis misses a penalty for Stevenage Town
23:00 Conversion 12 - 12
Jack Reilly kicks a conversion for Tabard
22:00 Try 12 - 10
Jamie Hancock scores for Tabard
17:00 Yellow Card
Adam Amos is yellow carded for Stevenage Town
12:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
11:00 Try 12 - 5
Jesse Tipene scores for Stevenage Town
10:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
9:00 Try 5 - 5
Phil Pearson scores for Stevenage Town
7:00 Missed Conversion
Jack Reilly misses a conversion for Tabard
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Jack Reilly scores for Tabard
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As it happened

  • Stevenage Town
  • Tabard
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  • Jack Reilly Try 6:00'
  • Phil Pearson Try 9:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 10:00'
  • Jesse Tipene Try 11:00'
  • Adam Amos Yellow Card 17:00'
  • Jamie Hancock Try 22:00'
  • Jack Reilly Conversion 23:00'
  • Conor Mitchell Try 32:00'
  • Ian Crompton Try 37:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 38:00'
  • Alex Banna Try 42:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 43:00'
  • Ian Crompton Sub Off 50:00'
  • Chris McGrath Sub On 50:00'
  • Alex Banna Try 62:00'
  • Barry Cook Sub Off 63:30'
  • Jacek Zbucki Sub On 63:30'
  • Jordan Ross Sub Off 63:45'
  • David Anthony Sub On 63:45'
  • George Gough Try 69:00'
  • Jack Reilly Try 75:00'
  • Jack Reilly Conversion 76:00'
  • Conor Mitchell Try 79:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 22 100
2. Datchworth 22 87
3. Stevenage Town 22 79
4. Old Streetonians 22 73
5. Tabard 22 59
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 57
7. Harrow 22 56

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