Stamford School First XV on a Roll
Stamford School First XV kept their unbeaten record intact last Saturday as they entertained Uppingham School in a thrilling end-to-end encounter.
It proved to be a close nail-biting encounter that would ultimately be won by the side that could keep their composure in difficult temperatures. Stamford started the brighter of the sides as Captain Louis Grimoldby slotted over two penalties. Stamford posed a number of difficult questions as they moved the ball effectively across the park through Tom Gulland and Will Bacon. They spurned a couple of golden opportunities and a mistake just before half-time fielding a bouncing ball allowed the Uppinhgam winger to scamper under the posts. A long range effort from Grimoldby, who kicked beautifully throughout the contest, saw the home side up at the break.
Stamford responded well at the start of the second half and tightened the game up. Tom Pritchard controlled the pack well and Ethan Moss, Angus Green and Tom Wire drove the ball well through over the gain line. The pressure started to tell as wave after wave of carry edged Stamford closer. Owen Smith set up a great driving opportunity for his pack and Grimoldby popped over another three points following an offside at the breakdown. Another followed giving Stamford a potentially winning platform. It was however another home mistake and a dropped pass on half way that allowed the visitors to go the distance and score, making for an interesting last 15 minutes.
The Stamford pack seized the initiative and rumbled close from a couple of mauls. Will Bacon and Tom Wire crashed over with 5 minutes to go much to the delight of a large home crowd, leaving the score at 20-14. A tense few minutes followed as the visitors launched various wide attacks but ultimately came up short. Coach David Laventure was pleased; “that was a good tough local fixture, Uppingham always provide a good test. We played very well in patches and controlled the ball well in the second half. They just did enough and that’s what matters.”
There were also great wins for the 2nds, 3rds, 16As, 16Bs, 15As and 15Cs. The First XV are home again this Saturday, kick off at 2.30 p.m. All support is welcome.