Written by Ryan Stevens
In one of our last away games for National League One, Loughborough Students secure their third consecutive win against bottom of the league Fylde. With this victory the students have blasted their way out of relegation zone, leaving a vulnerable Hull Ionians and Rosslyn Park in their wake.
The 12-try victory started with a spectacular try by Jack Stapley, within the first minute of play the Loughborough winger scored in the top right hand corner, the first of many for the away side. Following eagerly was another try by Sam Lewis, Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas turned over the ball, and after several phases Lewis cut through the Fylde Line, scoring at the posts.
The home side fhought admirably, but a quick counter-attack by Tim Bitirm and Owen waters secured the students 4thtry, gaining the bonus point before the end of the first half. More scores by Luke Frost, Jack Moates plus a penalty try, put Loughborough 43 – 12 ending the first half.
The try scoring continued into the second half, Flyde hit back early with a try of their own, but tries by Hirskyj-Douglas and Tom Stapley left a 34 point difference in the last 30 minutes of play. Following along from this, Chris Davies scored his first National League try later in the second half, scoring from a turned over scrum and handoff from George De Cothi.
More tries by Joe Maksymiw, Jack Stapley, Tim Bitirim and Joe Heyes ensure victory was sealed, ending the game with a 33 – 81 win to the Loughborough Student side. This five point win leaves Loughborough 2 points clear of relegation, with two games left in their rugby season.
Our Phaidon man of the match was Tom Stapley. Stapleyshowed the skill and desire in attack during the game, that best describes the Loughborough performance as a whole. He showed brilliant vision and timing off the ball, and when on the ball, he looked like he would score every time. That’s just as well, because he scored once, making his presence known amongst the Fylde defence.