Hemel Stags sting the Scorpions to prove that they are up for the cup

Hemel Stags in action. Picture (c) Francis Whittaker
Hemel Stags in action. Picture (c) Francis Whittaker

Hemel Stags booked their place in the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup with a convincing 38-12 win over South Wales Scorpions.

After some early chances for the Scorpions, Stags scored from their very first attack as Dan Ljizouli cruised through a gaping hole in the home side’s defence to touch down.

The second try came when Essad Al-Zubaidi easily grounded under the sticks following Jy-Mel Coleman’s grubber, with BJ Swindells converting.

The influential Coleman went over for Hemel’s third try after 32 minutes – with Swindells adding the extras to make the score 16-0 – but the Scorpions hit back when Connor Farrer dived over right on the hooter. Welsh International Paul Emanuelli converted to make the score 6-16 at the break.

The hosts started the second half brightly and were first to score courtesy of a stunning individual 60-metre run from Dafydd Hellard, with Emanuelli’s conversion reducing Hemel’s lead to only four points.

But Stags hit back straight away when Ben Thorburn finished off a fluid passing move by scampering over unopposed, with Ben Young converting.

Mitch Barbera added a fifth Stags try and Young again kicked the extras as the Scorpions started to capitulate.

James Hill went over in the corner for the next Hemel try, with Young missing the difficult kick, before Swindells got Stags’ seventh try. Young converted to wrap up the convincing win.

The Stags return to league action on Sunday with a home clash against Gateshead Thunder, 2.30pm kick-off at Pennine Way. For ticket information, please visit www.hemelstags.com