Sta­p­ley dou­ble sees the Stu­dents through

The Rugby Paper - - Championship | National League 1 - By OS­CAR MOR­TIMER

JACK Sta­p­ley scored two tries as Lough­bor­ough Stu­dents eased past Bishop’s Stort­ford.

The vis­i­tors were first to score in the sixth minute through Robert Duff.

Lough­bor­ough struck back im­me­di­ately off the restart though with cap­tain An­drew Boyce ex­tend­ing his body over the ruck and plac­ing the ball down to give Lough­bor­ough a score.

Owen Wa­ters’ con­ver­sion veered just wide.

Lough­bor­ough then caught a break in the form of a free kick on the half way line in the 26th minute.

Sta­p­ley picked the ball out of the air on the fringe, and then passed it to Char­lie Thacker, who charged for the line to score.

Wa­ters was de­nied an­other kick by the post, but Lough­bor­ough had taken a 10-7 lead.

The Stu­dents were quick to stamp their au­thor­ity in the sec­ond half, ex­tend­ing their lead with a Wa­ters penalty.

Min­utes later, Oskar Hirskyj-Dou­glas dived for the line as Lough­bor­ough built a con­vinc­ing lead.

The game then en­tered a size­able pe­riod of dead­lock be­fore hosts Lough­bor­ough broke it.

Sta­p­ley got his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon when he placed the ball down in the far cor­ner and this time Wa­ters made no mis­take with the con­ver­sion.

Bishop’s Stort­ford man­aged to snatch a try in the very last play of the game through Joss Lin­ney but it was too lit­tle too late for the vis­i­tors.

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