First title in the bag for Stamford’s sevens team
Stamford School First VII picked up their first rugby sevens title of the spring term, winning the Leicester Sevens in a fantastic day’s competition hosted by Leicester Grammar School.
The previous Sunday the team went out of the Newark Sevens to Woodhouse Grove - the eventual winners - in the semi-final stage, so they were determined to go one better.
After going through from the pool stage, they beat John Cleveland College 21-10 to play the hosts in the semi-finals. Despite a tense first five minutes, they ran away with the game in the second half.
The final was a great advert for sevens and a fierce competitive match, with both sides running till they dropped. Two errors from Stamford meant they were staring down the barrel of a 12 point deficit at the half. Great work from Tom Gulland and Lewis Nettleton put winger Justin Bland into space and he started the comeback by diving in the corner. Sixty seconds later Owen Smith put Will Bacon through a hole and he smashed through the cover to score. With just one minute on the clock, Louis Grimoldby put Angus Pinner away down the wing. He gave it back inside to Grimoldby, who found Gulland inside him, who sped under the posts. Stamford had to withstand one more last play, which they snuffed out, as the referee’s whistle went for full time, much to the relief of some very tired legs!
Coach David Laventure paid tribute to his players; “The boys showed great character to come back like that. These tournaments are energy sapping, mentally and physically. They should be very proud!”