Excellent defence in big away win
Stamford First XV produced a fantastic defensive display to claim a solid 18-0 win away at Oakham School. The previous week they kept a clean sheet against Trent College in a 37-0 victory and were determined to do the same the this week in their final local derby.
Stamford started the brighter of the sides and scrum half Jamie Richardson controlled possession effectively using his forwards to get over the gain line. Great work from Ralph Offer and Declan Spaine in midfield forced a penalty which Callum Crellin converted. As the intensity built, errors from both teams prevented any scores until Archie Toseland crashed over from short range following a series of drives from Josh Allen, Henry Charlton and Connor Collett.
The pressure and intensity started to build in the second half as neither side was able to take advantage of territory. Oakham mounted wave after wave of attacks but thanks to some great defensive pressure from notably George Cox, henry Hives and Charlie Dunbar, they returned to half way without points. With 15 minutes to go Stamford broke the deadlock as Crellin slotted another penalty following offside in the midfield. The remaining 10 minutes was all Stamford as they battered the gain line. The home side defended valiantly but a clever move allowed full back Crellin to slip down the blindside and dive for the line. The result was never in doubt after he converted his own score.
First XV Coach David Laventure was pleased with his charges; “These games are always played with great intensity wit neither side giving anything less than their best in terms of commitment. Oakham are always a well drilled outfit and playing away puts tremendous pressure on the boys’ skills sets. They should be very happy with the way they played particularly in defence. They always enjoy putting one over a close neighbour.”
There were also wins for the 2nd XV and 3rd XV who maintain their unbeaten record for 2013.