The Stags to the relatively short trip to Wiveliscombe, known as The Highest Town in Somerset, and a current league standing to match its altitude, to make amends from the fixture earlier in the season.

The Stags lost Luke Gowan in the warm up so Sam Wall started in the back row together with Tom Stevens and Ash Cutter at No 8.

The game started at great pace with both sides making big hits, battling for the ball at the break down and when ball was in hand you could see that both teams wanted to play quick and expansive rugby.

With the home side having the slope to there advantage in the first half, they applied pressure on the Stags in the scrums and scored the first try of the game to take the lead.
Last weeks MOTM, Chris Warner replaced Nick McKen in the front row but It wasn’t too long before they added to the scoreboard with a breakaway try and extend the lead 12-0.

The Stags began to work there way up the pitch with good ball retention by the forwards and some quick ball produced allow the backs to exploit the Wivvy defensive line. With half time nearing Fly half Piper opened up the Wivvy defence, found space out wide with Jude Donnelley in support who scored in the corner. 12-5.

Wivvy were straight back in The Stags 22 for the remainder of the half and they added a further converted try. HT 19-5.

The stags started the second half perfectly and kept Wivvy pinned in there own 22 for long periods but it was clear to see why they were top of the table as they defended very well but The Stags kept on coming. Several penalties came Burnham’s way, who with great patience and composure, managed to break the Wivvy pack and force there way over the line with Ash Cutter scoring and Piper adding the extras. 19-12.

With The Stags hungry for more points, possession was key  against the run of play, The Stags found themselves defending the white line and by trusting The D Burnham kept Wivvy at Bay for a while until a penalty was awarded for off side. Wivvy slotted the three points and the game finished 22-12.

Credit goes to Wiveliscombe and we wish them all the best for remainder of the season.

Man of the Match was awarded to Sam Wall.

Next week The Stags are home to Avon RFC.


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