Cougars are tamed in late Stags show

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HEMEL Stags produced a fine late fight-back to see off Valley Cougars 37-26.

With 13 minutes to go, Cougars held a 26-24 lead, but Stags dug deep to turn the game on its head and secure the win.

Hemel started the game well and opened the scoring courtesy of a Ryan Butcher try.

Cougars hit back through Liam Watson, before Butcher restored the Hemel advantage with a penalty.

Butcher added another successful kick, but Cougars responded with a try through Chris Speck.

And soon after, hosts Valley took the lead as Shaun Owens went over to put his side 14-10 ahead.

Hemel began the second half brightly and soon found themselves back in front as a Martyn Smith try and another Butler penalty gave them the advantage.

In an end-to-end encounter, it was Valley who got their noses back in front as Danyl Davies and Owens went over, either side of a second Butcher try.

But as the Cougars sensed victory, tries from Mitch Henderson and Eddie M’baraga snatched the win for Hemel.