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3rd XV win for young Stags

The 3s travelled to Donaghadee on a bright day to face their resurgent 2s, who came out best in a rewarding fixture earlier in the season. The future of Grosvenor was on show, with 10 of the side having left school rugby in the past year, with some older heads sprinkled in to teach them, amongst other things, about the futility of arguing with referees. The game had a back and forth feel at first, with the early loss of Josh Patterson at 8 leading to a reshuffle and early Dee try. Hasan Kaymak, freed into the back row as a result, made immediate impact with a charge down to dot over. Dee shaded the rest of the half, with strong midfield defence from Keegan Odell and Thomas Quinn, and terrific goal line scrambling defence from all 15 the only things keeping Dee from further tries.

Grosvenor’s response after half time was decisive, with greater structure in attack (thanks to the author at 9 actually getting to rucks quickly for a change), our forward carries released the space for the backs to cross the line twice, and open up an unassailable lead. The intensity of the fixture was such that Dee chose to keep in touch via penalties, however our defence ensured their impressive attacks couldn’t make the necessary incisions. 17-11 the final score for a deserved, if hard fought, victory.

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