Stamford Produce Second Half Fightback to Win
For the second successive weekend Stamford School First XV dug deep to come from behind to win, this time against visitors Berkhamsted School.
The previous week, they side produced a stunning comeback to beat Haileybury School after being 18 points down at the break. This week the side lined up at home against Berkhamsted School, and it was the visitors who raced into an early 8-0 lead after just 20 minutes.
Despite the difficult conditions, Stamford kept their nerve and controlled the possession and territory contest. Strong carrying from Mason Coulam and Dave Koelman allowed flanker Ed Cox, after many phases, to dive over to commence the comeback.
Stamford started the brighter after the break and continued defensive pressure from Godfrey, Martin and Shaw forced turnover after turnover and the home side started to edge the physical battles. Despite a Berkhamsted penalty, Stamford kept attacking and their patience paid dividends as winger Byron Van Uden flew into the corner. Smithson converted to take the score to 12-11.
Huge tension followed with the clock counting down, before Corey Lewis capped off a great performance crashing over after 12 phases to ease any nerves and secure a 19-11 victory.
Coach David Laventure was extremely pleased with the performance; “Really pleased for the boys, tough conditions and that’s the second week in a row they’ve shown great character to turn round a serious deficit. All valuable learning experiences!”