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Celebration time as Rugeley 1st XV secure title

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Dave McLean

Celebration time as Rugeley 1st XV secure title

Rugeley (green and white shirts) win the line-out

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Rugeley 1st XV 48 Essington 1st XV 0

RUGELEY 1st XV are the newly crowned Midlands 5 West (North) champions.

They welcomed Essington to Hagley Fields for what was a must-win game for the home side and the game started with both teams evenly matched.

But the home side had a target of four tries to achieve, and 20 minutes into the game up popped David Bagnall to run in the first for an early 5-0 lead.

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The home side upped their game play and the visitors could not hold the raging bulls of Rugeley. Within five minutes Martyn Bentley had added another five points with 25 minuets gone.

Rugeley continued to pile on the pressure with the forwards pushing, and Essington folded under the onslaught.

The home side put together some absolutely amazing set play with the forwards playing as a single unit and the backs receiving all the ball without any faults, allowing Luke Paggett, right on the stroke of half time, to add more points to the score card and it was 17-0 at the break.

The second half started with Rugeley having the wind on the backs and driving rain in the face of the opposition.

Even though the rain came down the visitors upped their game and took the fight right to the heart of the Rugeley pack. But the visitors were unable to penetrate the home side and scrum after scum the visitors tried and tried but were unable to break down the home side.

When Kevin Birt broke free he produced a fine 25 metre run for the try line, only to be brought down by the opposition but not before he was able to off load the ball to Bentley who was able to score his second try of the afternoon and the conversion made it 24-0.

As Essington tired, Bagnall ran in his second try of the day and with ten minutes left Rugeley led 34-0.

Rugeley continued to dominate and Sam Cotter embarked on a run from the centre field to the try line without any opposition stopping him scoring under the posts for a 41-0 advantage.

In the closing moments Chris Dynda added a further converted try to round off the scoring and complete a superb league season for Rugeley.

Rugeley captain Nathan Homer said: “ I feel very humbled to be the captain of a great season, with great lads and a totally committed squad. Winning this league is the pinnacle of my career at Rugeley Rugby Club.”

The season is not over yet for Rugeley as this Sunday (May 4) they travel to Stoke Rugby Club to face St Leonards 1st XV in the final of this season’s Owen Cup competition.

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