RUGBY: Stow race to impressive win
9:50am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
Southern Counties North
Swindon College Old Boys 7
STOW deservedly won their first game this season, and with it a try bonus point, in an impressive all-round display.
The home side came out all guns blazing but Stow defended well despite being constantly penalised.
The first score came when Swindon failed to make touch with a penalty, Stow countered and James Holmes scored with Nick Cafearo converting.
Swindon hit back and after a series of penalties, moved upfield and levelled the game with their own converted try. Cafearo edged Stow back into the lead with a penalty after some sustained pressure.
Stow then began to take control of the game. George Roddan stepped inside the defenders and offloaded to Richard Huggett for a try. Cafearo converted.
Just before the break, Stow extended their lead when the backs switched play, Craig Chapman crashed up the middle before passing to Huggett for his second; Cafearo converted.
Stow carried on where they left off in the second half. Bradley Wrench twice went close but was bundled into touch just short. Soon after John Ford and Andrew Piercey, who had come off the bench, engineered turnover ball which was swung left for Holmes to score, with Cafearo again converting.
In the last ten minutes, Stow went down to 14 men after a yellow card but it made no difference to their attacking threat. Alex Kelley left three players for dead but was stopped just short of the line, Huggett quickly recycled to captain Tim Peachey who scored and the reliable Cafearo added the extra points.
There was still time for one more score, the forwards attacked up the centre. The ball went right then left with Alex Kelley using his pace to run clear and score in the corner.
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