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First XV Stay on Track

Stamford School's First XV had to rely on their strength in depth as they worked incredibly hard to secure a tough away victory at Denstone College on Saturday 22nd November.

Stamford started confidently with Henry Hives and Tom Davies pulling the strings. The forwards started to dominate the breakdown and enjoyed the upper hand at set piece. Declan Spaine carried through the defence and good support from Henry Mawhood kept the move going before hooker Josh Allen crashed over.

It was more of the same for the next ten minutes as Stamford held Denstone in their own half through well organised and physical defence. The pressure told and following a series of carries and offloads, Henry Hives dummied and went over. Callum Crellin converted his second and Stamford were in charge. From then on, with the fog getting heavier and heavier, injuries affected Stamford’s dominance and decision making. Already missing three starters, they then lost three more and continuity evaded them. A Denstone score kept the crowd on their toes as Stamford were under pressure on the scoreboard but not in the game where they spent the last 10 minutes on attack searching for a third. Eddie Hudson and Ewan Hatt did a great job coming up from the 2nds and filling in.

Skipper Charlie Dunbar who left the field injured was proud of the boys; "That was a tough game in difficult conditions. I was very proud of the way they rolled their sleeves up and got the job done. There's a lot of character in this side."

The First XV remain unbeaten with three games to go of the regular season. They are away to St Albans this Saturday and then away at Loughborough Grammar School in the last 32 of the NatWest Cup.