First Team Hit Top Gear as Unbeaten Run Continues
Saturday 28th November saw Stamford School First XV produce a stunning display to chalk up another victory, beating St Albans School 66-5.
The home team started confidently and after just three minutes, centre Callum Corbett rounded the opposition’s winger and full back to dive over the line. Stamford dominated the early physical exchanges and through Coulam, Bateman and Vergalen carrying, they were able to quickly get on the front foot.
Great work from Corbett put his fellow centre through a hole to score and minutes later the try of the game where the move started from deep inside the Stamford half took the score to 19-0. Five breakdowns and three fantastic offloads saw blindside Jules Bramachari slide under the posts before scrum-half Sam Evison took the score past 25. It took St Albans twenty minutes to finally get into the game and eventually their work was rewarded with a try in the corner.
This seemed to refocus the home side as Corbett danced over for his second and minutes later Isaac Troughton crashed through the defenders for another try. Evison had his kicking boots on and popped over the conversion. By this time despite some stern defence St Albans were losing most of, if not all of the collisions. Evison picked his second and skipper Henry Wills capped off a fine display with a try of his own.
Despite difficult conditions Stamford never relented, they kept their composure and with time almost up, a break from Smithson took the score past 60 and wrapped up another victory a week after setting their astonishing five year undefeated home record.
Coach David Laventure was pleased for his players: “The boys worked very hard this week and were determined to add another week on to that stunning home record. They were immense in the first 25 minutes and deserved the win. The job is far from complete though as they have one more home game next week.” The First XV play at home next Saturday (5th) against Loughborough GS at 14:00, all spectators are welcome.