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Victory at Shaws Bridge

Instonians 6 Grosvenor 37

Grosvenor started brightly with forwards and backs combining well to really stretch Instonians and exert early pressure on the home side. Against the run of play Instonians took the lead with a penalty but this was quickly cancelled out by a well struck Adam Skelton penalty. 3-3 Grosvenor continued to patiently go through the phases and were rewarded with an Andrew Kelly try following great approach work by Elliot and Copeland. Grosvenor forwards Kelly, Hamill and Elliot were to the fore and it took some terrific defending by Instonians to keep them out. On the half hour winger Chris Jennings had a jinking run and almost broke through but he was scragged metres from the line. Grosvenor extended their lead through another Skelton penalty on the stroke of half time. 11-3

Instonians converted a penalty but Grosvenor continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and were rewarded for their endeavours through prop Matty Allen who crashed over for a well taken try, very much a carbon copy of his effort last week against Clogher Valley. 18-6. As the game entered the final quarter gaps started to appear in the instonians defence and Skelton scored an excellent try following a deft chip to the corner by Emerson. 25-6 Ben Davidson caught the restart and set up an attack up the right flank. Farquhar took the ball on and then chipped ahead for Skelton who regathered the bouncing ball and ran unopposed under the posts. 32-6. Instonians’ heads began to drop and Grosvenor out-half Emerson applied the coup de grace in the last minute when he sold a beautiful dummy before diving over in the corner. 37-6.

An excellent bonus point win on the road for The Stags and a memorable victory. There were many fine individual performances with Kelly, Hamill, Elliot and Copeland all catching the eye but with a 22 point haul including two tries Adam Skelton gets the nod for MoM this week.

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