The Stags inflict another stinging defeat on the South Wales Scorpions

Action from Hemel Stags' clash with Gateshead Thunder at Pennine Way
Action from Hemel Stags' clash with Gateshead Thunder at Pennine Way

Hemel Stags beat South Wales Scorpions for the second time in the space of 15 days as they recorded a routine 34-16 victory in Maesteg.

Hemel started the game well, but the first try of the game went to the Scorpions as Osian Phillips touched down for a converted try.

The Stags response was swift and emphatic, though, and they struck twice in three minutes to take the lead.

First, Barry John Swindells exploited a gap in the Scorpions defence, before Aaron Small took broke through totally unopposed for a second try which Swindells converted for 10-6.

Eight minutes before the interval, Michael Brown extended the Stags’ lead with a try in the corner, and they increased their advantage shortly after the break when man of the match James Cameron broke through to touch down from short range.

Swindells’ conversion put Stags 20-6 ahead, before James Hill touched down in the corner – adjudged to have been able to ground the ball before he was pushed into touch.

The Scorpions’ troubles continued as they conceded two tries in as many minutes from Ryan Pratchett and Lee Hudson, but to their credit the hosts did not give up.

They pulled a try back when Dafydd Hellard fed Chris Vitalini, with Paul Emanuelli successfully converting the score.

And it was the home side who had the last word when skipper Phil Carleton outpaced the Stags defence to score in the corner to make the score look more respectable than it deserved.

Stags are back in action on Sunday when they welcome Doncaster RLFC to Pennine Way. See www.hemelstags.com for ticket information.