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Stamford School First XV Keep Winning

stamford vs rugby schoolStamford School First XV maintained their 100% winning record with an excellent victory over Rugby School. It was a fast and physical opening to the game that saw both sides trading blows in the middle of the park. Ben Atkinson and Tom Fenyers worked together brilliantly to force a break down the left before Dan Macfadden and Archie Toseland carried successfully right into the heart of Rugby’s defence. Angus Pinner directed the forwards to keep the ball tight and after a series of drives First XV debutant Angus Collett dived over. Kieran Staunton converted to make it 7-0.

The glory was short lived after Stamford were penalised twice and the Rugby fly half nailed two long distance penalties. Again Stamford responded and their back row started to take control of the game. Good work from Tom Williams at 10 allowed Henry Charlton and Tom Gulland to make half breaks and offload to push close. Ethan Moss and Connor Collett held the ball together as they crashed over from a cleverly worked move at the line out.

Again it was Rugby’s boot that got them back into the game with two more penalties even though Stamford were on the front foot , they could just not put away that final pass. The home pack started to win the contest on the gain line and after Kieran Staunton popped over a penalty to take the lead to three points. With time running down it was Stamford who were able to seize the initiative. James Phillips threw brilliantly to allow Stamford to set up a series of charges at the line and eventually after great patience Connor Collett was able to dot down to take the score to 20-12.

First XV Coach David Laventure was proud of his charges: “That was a good tough encounter as both sides were giving it their all, especially in the collision. They had only lost one game and you could see why. The boys showed great technical proficiency which helped them as the game went on. They should be very satisfied.”