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Unbeaten Home Streak Reaches Five Year Milestone 

Stamford vs Denstone college rugby Saturday 21st November saw Stamford School First XV produce a fantastic second half display to beat a strong Denstone College 32-12 and make it five years undefeated at home. 

The visitors started brightly and scored two early penalties to take them to a 6-0 lead. Stamford responded strongly as full back Ollie Johnson shot down the blind side, before prop Mason Coulam showed fantastic footwork to finish in the corner. Minutes later centre Callum Corbett ran through, brushing off two tackles to dive over at the line. Great carrying from Captain Henry Wills and hooker Corey Lewis kept Stamford in the opposition’s territory and scrum half Sam Evison added a long range penalty to take them to a 15-6 lead. It was Denstone however, who finished the half the stronger as Stamford were punished for being over eager at the breakdown and two penalties took the score to 15-12 at the break.

Stamford played superbly in the second half, seemingly not effected by the pressure of the now impending record. Some great work up front from Bateman and Bramachari got the home side on the front foot and good service from Smithson sent Hatt into the corner after beating his opposite number. Isaac Troughton capped off a superb individual display crashing over from a line out and fly half Gabriel Smithson scored the side’s fifth and final try of the afternoon with five minutes to go. Evison’s fourth conversion took the score to 32-12 and the amazing home record remained intact.

Stamford Captain Henry Wills was proud of his peers; “It’s becoming a bit of a legacy and nobody wants to let themselves or the team down. We don’t want to be the team that lost the record and that was obvious today with the work the boys put in.”

Coach David Laventure was full of praise for his squad; “It was a fantastic team performance, they have worked very hard all week and to put together a performance like that shows just how far they have come.“