First XV End Season in Style
Stamford School First XV saved their best till last and kept their proud unbeaten home record intact on Saturday with an emphatic 63-3 win over Loughborough Grammar School.
Following on from last week’s 41-13 victory over St Albans School, they produced the complete team performance to run in nine tries. The defence, led by Lewis Nettleton and Tom Wire, was almost faultless. They strangled their opposition through great patience and organisation and rarely looked like conceding.
Early dominance at the set piece and clever running lines created tries for Justin Bland, Owen Smith, Tom Pritchard and Louis Grimoldby as they stretched Loughborough across the width of the park. Will Bacon combined superbly with Joe Nolan to provide a great platform from the line out. Captain Grimoldby controlled the pace and width of the game and great support from Ethan Moss and Harry Treanor always kept Stamford going forward. Winger Justin Bland powered over in the corner from a blindside move and Angus Green smashed over from a clever move from a driving line out. Lock Tom Wire picked up two tries on the end of some slick handling. With the clock running down Skipper Grimoldby launched a cross-field kick over the posts, which was collected brilliantly by Charlie Page-Morris in the corner, taking the score over 60.
The Captain was pleased; "It was a really enjoyable game to play in. the boys wanted to end the season in style and we did just that."
This was their 12th win in 14 games, with the standout performances against Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle as well as John Fisher, Brighton College and Tonbridge at The St Joseph’s National Festival.
First XV Coach David Laventure was impressed; "The boys have shown real character throughout the season and played some exceptional rugby. They have a brilliant record and have gone toe-to-toe with some of the best schools nationally and come out on top. I will have to do some digging in the archives, but this could be the most successful First XV ever at the school."
Congratulations to the squad and coaches for their excellent season.