RUGBY: Stow withstand late Wallingford rally
3:39pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in Sport
Southern Counties North
STOW earned themselves another bonus-point win but will be disappointed in letting Wallingford back into the game.
Wallingford opened the scoring with a penalty but this was quickly erased when some fine handling in the backs resulted in George Roddan scoring; the reliable Nick Cafearo converted.
Stow pressed hard and, after some strong running again the backs, Cafearo scored in the corner.
Scrum half Dave Lane then saw a gaping hole in the Wallingford defence and took full advantage to score under the posts, leaving Cafearo with an easy conversion.
Wallingford scored just on the half-time whistle from a line-out to leave Stow leading by 19-8 at the break.
Soon after the restart, more slick handling from Stow saw Roddan run in from the halfway line for his second try. Stow eased off and let the home side back into the game, but against the run of play a Wallingford knock on was picked up by Cafearo who raced in under the post; Cafearo then converted his own score.
The final ten minutes saw Stow lose their grip on the game. Some poor passing led to the ball being turned over which resulted in a home score under the posts.
Stow then lost momentum up front due to players leaving the field with injury, and Wallingford capitalised to score a five-metre pushover and then earned themselves two bonus points with their fourth try from a second pushover.
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