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Stamford First XV pass tough test

 Stamford School v Oakham Stamford School First XV produced another powerful display to record a home victory over Oakham School. Oakham started the brighter of the sides as they attacked right from the re start and enjoyed the bulk of the possession in the first ten minutes. Captain Rhuadri Smith popped the ball between the posts on his second attempt to put the visitors into the lead with a penalty.

Stamford fought their way back into the game with good decision making from Angus Pinner and Tom Williams. Archie Toseland and Angus Collett led the charge and following a number of penalties, Kieran Staunton struck a penalty to take the score to 3-3. Despite continued pressure Stamford could not turn possession into points before the break.

The second half was a one horse race, although outstanding defence from Oakham meant that Stamford could never be comfortable. Wave after wave of attack brought a series of penalties, and following effective runs from Ben Atkinson, Tom Gulland and Ethan Moss, Kieran Staunton slotted his second three pointer. The weather was now hampering both sides ability to move the ball in attack and it was the Stamford pack that were able to dominate territory and possession as the clock wound down. They were held up over the line on two occasions before a penalty for offside gave Staunton 3 more points taking the final score to 9-3.

Coach David Laventure was pleased with his troops: “Oakham’s defence was tremendous. It was always going to be a tough game given the rivalry and the weather conditions but I am pleased that the boys stood up to the challenge.”

Captain Tom Gulland was satisfied: “I was pleased with the result but not the performance. Oakham are always a good side, a tough nut to crack. We failed to convert pressure into points but it’s always good to have something to work on before the next game.”