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First XV Ruthless Against Uppingham 

uppinghamStamford School First XV produced a great all round performance to pick up their third win on the bounce in a dominant 35-0 victory against Uppingham.

An entertaining contest played in great spirit, saw the ball move quickly from one end of the park to the other. Stamford gained some ascendancy in the early periods, holding onto the ball for three to four phases. Evison and Sidwell at half backs controlled the game well and after a strong carry from Ed Bateman, Henry Mawhood finished the move. Five minutes later, after holding out an Uppingham counter attack, it was winger Smithson and centre Davidson that fronted the next attack, before skipper Henry Wills was able to shoot down the line for the second. Troughton and Coolum were carrying strongly around the fringes before a superb line from Callum Corbett and a gem of pass from Sidwell saw the centre dive under the sticks.

Stamford’s Corbett and Davidson were strong in the centres and managed to hold out on two dangerous occasions as the visitors started the second half brightly. However resistance was broken 15 minutes into the half when Mawhood broke through the line and rounded the full back to score. Minutes later Ed Bateman ran through a similar gap on the 10m line and to the delight of the crowd, galloped all the way to the line to register his maiden try for the First XV. Sam Evison converted the try to make it 5 from 5 and 35-0.

Coach David Laventure was proud of his charges; “The squad have suffered enormously with injury but have shown immense character as the season has progressed. Uppingham are always a well coached and dangerous outfit and for our boys to come away with a performance like that is credit to all their hard work on the training pitch.”