The views of director of rugby Rich Girking
“I’VE mentioned this on several occasions in the past, that when we play at tempo we are capable of some exhilarating rugby.
“On Saturday we managed to do this for large parts of the game and Stockton couldn’t live with us.
“It did help that finally after three months, we played on a dry surface which helps our style of play and we had the benefit of Stirk’s powerful finishing.
“Robinson and Muru made up the half back pairing with Mellonby on the wing. The forwards were at strength with Morgan Kinnaird making a welcome return to the bench after a lengthy lay-off with a broken thumb.
“The game’s early exchanges were even with both sides kicking a penalty before we took control and only Stockton’s niggly spoiling tactics stopped us scoring more points – an area where the ref could have given us more penalties.
“At 24-3, Stirk had completed his hat- trick and the game looked over. But a poor five-minute spell where Stockton scored two tries brought them briefly back into the game, until Stirk’s fourth try settled the contest.
“In general we controlled possession, our scrum and lineout showed well and we coped well with Stockton’s driving maul.
“Well done to Mark Floyd for his hard work at training, and the fact we have had nearly all the squad training certainly helps.
“One area that caused concern was our discipline, this must improve if we are going to get the best from the rest of the season. Too many times we gave soft penalties away, or retaliated to Stockton’s intimidating tactics.
“Performances to be mentioned are Zolani Faba, who had his best game since joining us, and of course four-try man Reggie Stirk.
“Saturday sees us away again, at Heath in the league, and we will be looking to improve our league form
“Heath are a good aggressive side who again will try to spoil our game plan of high tempo rugby, so a good performance will be needed to bring home the points.
”Finally many thanks to Karen and barman Al Murray for their hospitality. Hope you framed your certificate.”