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First XV start season with silverware

 Stamford School, rugby St Albans trophyStamford School’s First XV picked up their first piece of silverware for the season after winning the Saracens First XV Tournament at St Albans School last weekend. The win topped off a successful week of pre-season training at Durham University. The team played some enterprising rugby in their first two games beating Trinity School and Aylesbury Grammar. Charlie Dunbar led the backs well aided by Henry Hives in the centre and Archie Toseland and Angus Collett always made sure the pack were on the front foot. Henry Charlton and Declan Spaine provided the go forward and creativity in the next game as a win over Filton. The boys had to go up a gear to beat St Josephs and did so thanks to great efforts from Jamie Richardson and Tom Davies.

The final brought a fantastically quick and physical encounter with Bedford School. Angus Collett finished off a fantastic move from inside their own 22 and Crellin popped over a penalty for a 10-0 lead. Bedford played some great wide attacking rugby and pulled one back leading to a frantic last 2 minutes with just one score in it. George Cox and Connor Collett were superb all day around the breakdown and they ensured that the Cup went back up the A1to Stamford for the first time.

Coach David Laventure was very happy for the boys: “A great effort to kick the season off but plenty of things to work on. They certainly showed that they are going to be a handful for any team if they keep working hard.”