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Your News Newbury Stags 5 - London South Africa 24

In bitterly cold conditions and with storm warnings abound the LSA Warriors traveled the far distance to the home ground of the Newbury Stags at Monks Lane in West Berkshire on Saturday 17 January. Marking the start of the second half of the rugby season for the Warriors the friendly against the Stags turned out to be a good practice round for the boys in green and gold.

With the scheduled game against London Cornish last week cancelled due to a frozen pitch the game against Newbury was for most their first match practice since Christmas. However never idle, the squad has been practicing since the start of January and they were excited to put their new game plan into action.

From the off LSA seemed intent on playing a physical match and gave Newbury very few opportunities to run with the ball. The first try for The Warriors came only a few minute in as they crossed the Newbury try line. Although the conversion was not to be, the game was in full swing.

Strong play on the attack saw a further try added by LSA only minutes later creating a convincing lead over Newbury who had yet to breach the Warriors’ defensive line. With the conversion the score was now 12 – 0 in LSA’s favour.

Newbury looked like they were going to put up a fight towards the end of the first half, but a spell of brilliant play by the LSA backs made sure the visitors added a third converted try just before half time, bringing the score to 19 – 0.

After a quick water break and some time to gather their thoughts, both teams were back on the pitch for the second half. LSA dominated straight away with their attacking play, converting the mistakes made by the Stags into their advantage. A flying start from the 22 almost saw LSA add a 4th try in the first 5 minutes, but Newbury defended valiantly turning over the ball and spending most of the second period camped on the LSA try line. A few scrums later the Newbury pack finally succeeded to drive the ball over the line for an unconverted 5 points bringing the total to 19 - 5.

LSA took up the attack a few minutes later as an up-and-under managed to pull the Newbury defense off their mark and saw LSA cross the try line for their final unconverted try of the match. The final score was 24 – 5 in favour of the LSA Warriors.

Forward Coach Vince MacLean said this was a very positive start to the second half of the season. The week ahead would be spent preparing for their first League game of 2009 with some feedback from the match. Team Manager Trevor Johnson reiterated this sentiment and said that it was clear that the hard work and training by players and coaches alike have started paying off.

Do you think you have what it takes to play for London South Africa? Why not join our up-and-coming club by sending your details to info@londonsouthafricarfc.co.uk or go to www.londonsouthafricarfa.co.uk/ for more details.

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LSA XV: Gerrie Krüger, Aldo du Plessis, Gregg Quixley, Brian Thiart, Devan Swart, Werner Swanepoel, André Retief, Mark Porter, Dave McBrier, Anton Kriel, Derren Letcher, Tiaan Visser, Chaz Wilson, Matt Fendick, Jian Henn, Trevor Grundeligh, Morné Swanepoel, Mark Cockeram, Peter Howlett, Dave Kelly, Grant Pittard, Robbie Robinson

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Next Game: (Home) – Wimbledon on Saturday 24 January. Kick-off from 14:30

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