Another Victory for Stamford School Rugby 1st XV
Stamford School First XV maintained their undefeated start to the season at Uppingham School on Saturday with a tremendous 30-0 victory. It was a busy week starting with a 38-7 win over Haileybury School and also included a first round win in the Daily Mail Under 18 Cup over Bourne Grammar School.
Having already notched up wins over Durham, Bedford Modern and Oundle School, the boys were confident ahead of the clash. Stamford started positively and despite some key personnel on the touchline they were able to retain the ball well and control the tempo of the game. They went up early through a Kieran Staunton penalty, but were unable to turn their possession into points with Uppingham defending valiantly across the field.
After a change in tactics and a bit more organisation, Stamford were able once again to put pressure on the Uppingham line. Captain Tom Gulland was able to shoot down the blindside after great work from Angus Pinner, making the score 10-0. Minutes later good carrying from Henry Charlton and Dan Macfadden allowed Tom Williams to put Ben Lovell through a hole. Connor Collett was in support, going over from short range. At 20-0 the Stamford forwards started to get the upper hand and it was two catch and rive moves that allowed Tom Fenyers and Ethan Moss to crash over.
Coach David Laventure was pleased: “It was a great defensive performance which ultimately kept them under pressure and forced errors. The boys handled themselves very well in the second half and showed organisation and control –these local derbies always put the players under a huge amount of pressure.”