After significant rain in the last few days the pitch conditions were soft but this didn’t stop some enterprising Rugby being attempted from both sides. The Stags executed well and handled exceptionally in the tough conditions. There was some very good interplay between backs and forwards and some deft offloads leading to several tries. The Stags had the better of the set piece battle and got the advantage in the kicking dual. Both sides tackled aggressively especially early however as the game wore on the Stags had better accuracy in this area.
At one stage the Stags had three hookers on the field with Jason Rutledge and Brayden Mitchell playing left and right flanker and Talemaitoga Tuapati in the engine room. Hoani McDonald played the entire game at number 8 and handled the change well.
Several players made their debut for the Stags with first timers Aston Talaia and Junior Ngaluafe touching down in the second half.
It was pleasing first hit out for the Stags with no serious injury concerns.
The Stags swap the boots for golf shoes tomorrow with Stags golf day kicking off at 11am. The annual golf day is a chance to for the players to meet sponsors and other loyal Stags supporters with money being raised for the Cancer Society. The Stags ITM Cup squad will be announced at the conclusion of the golf and auction.