Students teach Stags a lesson

Grangemouth Stags RFC v Jed Forest'Pic by Alan Murray 10-08-13
Grangemouth Stags RFC v Jed Forest'Pic by Alan Murray 10-08-13

Grangemouth Stags suffered a bad 39-12 defeat, making far too many mistakes against a useful Stirling University side.

The coaches and players have much work to do in the next few weeks to improve the intensity and cut down on the simple errors.

It looked ominous from the start as Stags conceded in the opening minute.

Grangemouth played their way into the game as they secured first phase possession and used the forwards to tie in the students. However too often the ball was lost at the breakdown and Stirling were able to dominate territory. The home side scored a penalty on 15 minutes as the Stags backs were caught offside. Straight from the restart the Uni kicked downfield and again the Stags dropped the ball inside their 22bringing another unconverted score.

Grangemouth continued to make too many mistakes and the home side went further ahead on 30 minutes. A loose clearing kick was returned by the Stirling winger and some weak tackling saw the home backs run in try three. This time the conversion was on target. With half time approaching the students collected the bonus point, driving a lineout to squeeze in at the corner.

Grangemouth had the early pressure in the second half but were unable to break down the home defence. Gavin Curran had a break from a lineout and Pedyo was stopped just short of the line.

Two straightforward tries were conceded before Grangemouth finally opened their account. Ian Weir had a run from a lineout but was held just short of the line. After a couple of drives to the line James Craig was able to barge over for the try.

In the closing minutes Stirling dropped the ball in midfield and Cuda Pedyo kicked on. The young winger followed up to tackle the covering player before flipping the ball up to Callum Serafini who ran in from 30 metres for the try. Skipper was on target with the conversion.

On Saturday Stags travel to St Andrews to take on Madras with KO 3pm.