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Big Week for First XV

 Stamford vs RugbyStamford School First XV fought their way through a very tough but successful week with two games and plenty at stake. On Saturday tries from Henry Hives, Henry Martin and Connor Collett contributed towards a hard fought away win on the hallowed turf of Rugby School. Then Tuesday saw Uppingham School return to Stamford in the 5th Round of the NatWest National knock out Cup.

The home side started very brightly against Uppingham and great carrying from Ralph Offer and Declan Spaine continued to get Stamford over the gain line. The pressure told and two Callum Crellin penalties separated the sides. Again Stamford piled on the pressure and a great break from Archie Toseland saw Stamford camped on the visitors line. A warning for persistent infringement was followed and Callum slotted a third penalty. Determined to take revenge for their defeat earlier in the season, Uppingham pounced on a mistake and great handling allowed the winger to dive over in the corner.

Stamford went back to work after the break and started to exert pressure. George Cox was held up over the line before quick hands from Jamie Richardson put Angus Collett away in the corner. At 14-5 up Stamford were comfortable and in charge although tiredness and errors from both sides started to mount up. With two minutes to go Uppingham pounced and an interception was followed by a try and conversion. The crowd held their breath for the last two minutes and let out a huge sigh of relief as Stamford were able to clear the ball into touch.

First XV Coach David Laventure was proud of his troops: "That was a big test of character for a young side. They know they didn't play to their potential, but it's a cup game and it's the result that matters. They will go back and work hard to improve those aspects that need work- they have all season to their credit."