BOSTON RFC 32 SLEAFORD 3: Stokes hat-trick earns bragging rights

Boston celebrate.
Boston celebrate.

Boston Rugby Club earned the derby day bragging rights following an emphatic six-try victory over Sleaford in the Midlands 3 East (North).

Number eight Jack Stokes produced a man-of-the-match display with a hat-trick in the space of 20 minutes as this 32-3 success sees them move up to sixth in the table.

Wins over Sleaford have been as rare as snow at Christmas in recent years.

But on Saturday the record books were amended.

With Boston playing against the wind, the opening exchanges were scrappy as both sides produced unforced errors.

An early Sleaford penalty opportunity was missed, before centre John Neil scored Boston’s first try on 17 minutes.

With Boston camped in their own half, a Sleaford penalty reduced the lead to 5-3.

But straight from the kick off Boston laid siege to Sleaford’s try line.

It would finally be breached when scrum half Will Scupham took a quick tap penalty to force his way over the whitewash to move the score to 10-3 on 30 minutes.

Boston were now playing with fluency, as the forwards surged forward in the loose, showing great hands and support.

On 38 minutes, the pack produced from a line out outside the Sleaford 22.

A driving maul ended in Stokes scoring his first try of the afternoon.

The conversion by Dan Halliday saw them enter half time 17-3 in front.

It would be Stokes who produced the perfect start to the second half.

After only three minutes he powered off from the base on a five metre scrum to move the score to 22-3.

It would only take another 12 minutes for him to complete that hat-trick.

From an identical scenario, he crossed the line again.

At this juncture coach Willem Jonker brought on Sam Johnson at prop, to replace Anthony Buckberry.

Winger Michael Baldwin also entered the game as John Stansfield made way.

It would be centre Jake Brooks who put winger Jaron Cowern into space to round off a flowing backs move and provide the coup de grace.

The victory gave Boston an early Christmas present of five points.

But more importantly it end the losing run against Sleaford.

Victory was the perfect way for the Blue and Whites to end the year, which has also seen them be the only team not to have been beaten by league leaders Melton Mowbray to date - Boston earning a 10-10 draw at the Boardsides.

Mowbray remain on top of the table on 56 points, 13 clear of second-placed Lincoln.

The Blue and Whites currently have 36 points.

Boston’s next match will be on January 10 at home to Amber Valley (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Buckberry, Dowse, Kemp, Dean, Eldin, Miles, Thompson, Stokes, Scupham, Halliday, Brooks, Neil, Cowern, Stansfield, Andrews; replacements: Johnson, Baldwin.