Big Local Win for First XV
Following the announcement that Stamford School First XV had been awarded “Team of the Month” by Rugby World Magazine – this week their credentials were put under the microscope as they faced visitors Oakham School, who have been enjoying a good season, reaching the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.
Stamford started well, as they dominated the breakdown and put together the phases. A great carry from George Cox got Stamford into the 22 and a clever grubber from fly half Hives saw winder Harry Lovell mudslide into the corner, 5-0. Again wave after wave of carrying from the likes of Charlie Dunbar, Angus Collett and Callum Corbett kept Oakham on the back foot and eventually the pressure told.
Conditions started to worsen, but Stamford’s defence remained resolute and despite some good Oakham rugby they failed to cross the whitewash. Stamford bounced back, cleared their lines and a great break from Tom Roper, opened up holes for Henry Wills and Isaac Troughton. A sublime line from Allen saw him cut through and power his way to the line for his second.
Coach David Laventure praised the team, saying; “That was a very good Oakham side and our boys knew it was going to be a real test in difficult conditions. There was also a huge amount at stake as the last time the First XV lost at home was four years ago last week – so these boys were desperate to keep that record going. Suffice to say they passed the test with flying colours!”