Magic season for seniors
Stamford School celebrated another phenomenal season on the rugby fields. All three senior sides dominated their fixtures lists on the back of an unbeaten development tour of Canada. The Third XV led by skipper Matthew Lammin only lost two games last season and this year were determined to do even better. George Hunt-Pain and Josh Rushby were inspirational in achieving 11 wins from 12 games. The Second XV only lost once in 2012 and went unbeaten against all the other teams on their fixture list. In the absence of the First X, due to Cup commitments, the 2nd XV accepted the challenge of playing Welbeck Colleges First XV and played a cracking game to finish 20-17 losers such was their quality. George Morley, Chris Lipscombe, James Dorrington and Ben Groom were superb in their final year at the school.
The First XV accepted the gauntlet laid down by their unbeaten 2012 predecessors. They have enjoyed a wonderful season winning 15 of their 16 games with the one blemish a 20-17 loss away at Bedford School. They have been ranked tenth in the Daily Mail Trophy league of the best rugby playing schools in the UK and their win over Bedford Modern School means they can look forward to a mouth-watering home tie with Warwick School in the last 16 of the NatWest National Cup.
Captain Connor Collett was pleased with his troops: “We were all determined to prove that last year’s achievements were no fluke and the boys have delivered some great performances. Everyone has played their part. We can’t wait for January!” Connor has led by example and been outstanding closely followed by George Cox and Declan Spaine who have both been selected to play for Northampton Saints Academy.
Director of Rugby David Laventure was full of praise: “We have a great environment here and a successful culture around developing the players. That’s a mighty impressive set of results across the whole VI form on the regions strongest fixture list. They deserve to put their feet up and reflect on a great season – apart from the First XV who will of course be hitting the gym and monitoring the calories over Christmas!”