First XV Start Season with Oundle Win
Stamford School First XV started their 2016 league campaign with a win in a tough first match against Oundle School.
The senior squads started their preparation back in June, followed by a weeklong training camp at Durham University. This culminated with a solid win against Durham School.
Oundle always prove physical and well drilled opposition and this was to be no exception. Mason Coulam, Will Cardall and Corey Lewis carried well in the early stages with Jacob Turp directing proceedings at scrum half. Stamford slowly started to gain momentum and almost broke the deadlock from a line out. Minutes later, good work up front saw debutant Dave Koelman dive over from short range.
In terrible conditions great defence from Captain James Peachey and George Brown kept Oundle out temporarily, but they were able to dive into the corner just before the break after a period of attacking pressure.
With the rain continuing to pour in the second half it was Stamford centre Gabriel Smithson who converted a penalty to take the score to 10-5 with 15 minutes to go. Great work from Monty Toseland and Dave Koelman kept Oundle’s late surge at bay allowing the home side to record a morale boosting opening victory.
Director of Rugby David Laventure was full of praise: “That was a tough physical start in terrible conditions, but fair play to the players, they showed character, rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. Plenty to work on though.”
Next up for the team is the visit of Oakham School, on Saturday 17th September at 3pm.