Gareth’s treble boosts Stags

PUBLISHED: 10:12 09 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 May 2010

Action from the match

Action from the match

Stevenage Town 25 Tring 15 STEVENAGE Town are through to the last four of the Herts Presidents Cup. They beat their old rivals Tring at North Road on Sunday to progress. Stags will now travel to Tabard for the semi-final on Sunday, March 19. The visitors

Stevenage Town 25 Tring 15

STEVENAGE Town are through to the last four of the Herts Presidents' Cup.

They beat their old rivals Tring at North Road on Sunday to progress.

Stags will now travel to Tabard for the semi-final on Sunday, March 19.

The visitors put on a determined performance and opened the scoring within 10 minutes from a well-worked backs move following a good catch and drive at the lineout.

Each side exchanged penalties and Stags created chances but failed to capitalise on the possession that they were beginning to gain, narrowly failing to benefit from a good interception, outrageous dummy and break from Gareth Lewis.

Midway through the half, Stags won a scrummage, number eight Gareth Roberts picked up from the base and scored under the posts, leaving an easy conversion for Lewis.

The remainder of the half was a physical battle with Stags up by two points.

Following some strong words at half time, Stags started the new half with a lot more energy.

Within the first minute, the ball was caught and driven from a lineout to allow Roberts to finish the move with his second try.

Once again, despite some solid defence, poor discipline pegged Town back and the visitors levelled the scores (15 each) with a converted try.

After some better passing and exciting runs from wingers Ian Crompton and Michael Wilson, Town went on to secure the game with two more tries, one from Lewis and a hat-trick score for Roberts.

This Saturday, Town entertain Hampstead in a crucial league game (2.15pm ko).

Second round results: Fullerians 15 Tabard 23 (aet), Harpenden 0 Hertford 88, St Albans 22 Bishop's Stortford 28, Stevenage Town 25 Tring 15.

Semi-final draw (Sunday, March 19): Bishop's Stortford v Hertford, Tabard v Stevenage Town.

The final will be played on Sunday, April 2, at Old Merchant Taylors, Croxley Green.

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