Simply Unbeatable First XV
Stamford School’s First XV claimed their 14th win from 14 games on Saturday after defeating Loughborough Grammar School, leading to an unbeaten 2014 season.
The first 15 minutes at Loughborough was played with speed, pace and physicality. The forwards laid a very solid platform at set piece led by Henry Mawhood and George Cox and fly half Henry Hives controlled the tempo from the off. Hooker Josh Allen crashed over from a series of drives and great handling from Harry Lovell and Callum Corbett saw winger Tom Roper dance through to the corner. Roper added his second and starting the second half Stamford looked comfortable after a 2nd conversion from Callum Crellin took the score to 19-0.
Loughborough threw everything at the visitors after the interval, which served as a great wake up call for Stamford who defended well with Henry Wills and Isaac Troughton working tirelessly over the ball. The Stamford pace started to hurt the home side and Jack Jones bulldozed over taking the score to 26.
Captain Charlie Dunbar was proud: “It has been a fantastic season for the guys who despite a large number of injuries have continued to front up. We were unbeaten in 2012 and lost just the one last year so we were determined not to let that happen again.”
The team had previously won the prestigious “Rugby World Magazine Team of the Month” competition and a number of the boys have gained representative recognition. Charlie Dunbar represented England Schools, George Cox has made the England 18s squad and Tom Roper has made the Holland 18s squad. Charlie and George have been playing for Northampton and flanker Henry Wills, the Leicester Tigers. Henry Mawhood, Oli Davidson and Sam Butler played for NLD, Callum Crellin for Leicestershire. Callum Corbett has played with Scottish Exiles and Josh Allen and Henry Hives have made the Midlands Lambs Independent Schools Barbarians squad.
Director of Rugby at Stamford School, David Laventure, was full of praise for the side: “They deserve a huge amount of credit for this achievement. They have worked very hard and shown great character at times when under pressure. There is plenty more rugby to come with the NatWest cup, sevens and a tour but for now they can be pleased and proud when they look back at 2014.”
This match also doubled up as the NatWest National Cup round 5 encounter so Stamford will progress to the last 32.