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Big Wins to Kick Off Rugby Season

Stamford School First XV picked up their 3rd win in eight days to confirm their season is up and running. After opening with a decisive 59-7 home win over Bedford Modern School they then picked up another 50 points in a midweek victory in the first round of The Daily Mail Cup against Guthlaxton College. However they faced their first stern test last weekend travelling to Oundle School.

The visitors started positively, controlling the ball well. Great driving play from Ethan Moss and Angus Green allowed scrum half Tom Pritchard to scurry through a gap to go 5-0 up. Oundle responded quickly and their forwards, under the guidance of fly half Sam Olver, put pressure on the Stamford line, eventually resulting in a number of penalties. Oundle drove over to tie the scores 5-5 at the half.

Stamford started positively again and Louis Grimoldby popped over a penalty to go 8-5 up. Again Oundle turned to their pack who mounted wave after wave of attack thanks to the effective ball carrying of No.8 Harry Spence. Great work from the Stamford back row of Tom Gulland, Lewis Nettleton and Will Bacon kept them at bay and Stamford played their way back into the Oundle 22. The Stamford pack responded and a series of pick and go’s allowed Nettleton to crash over. Stamford continued to get over the gain line thanks to late efforts from Tom Wire and Harry Martin. With the clock winding down, clever work from Owen Smith and Pritchard put Joe Nolan through a huge gap. Grimoldby converted to take the score at the final whistle to 20-5.

First XV coach David Laventure was pleased for the boys; “Oundle always present a fantastic challenge. It was a hard, physical, intense encounter and a great game for the neutral as they say! The guys did well to hang in there during some intense periods of pressure.” Captain Louis Grimoldby echoed those thoughts; “Hopefully this will give us a platform to build for even better performances.” Stamford welcome Haileybury School to Mainfields this Saturday for a 2.30pm kick off. Come along to watch the team in action.