First XV Make it Two from Two
Stamford School First XV made it two from two after defeating Oundle School last weekend.
The game opened at a frantic pace with both forward packs crashing into each other in an effort to control the gain line. The home side were the first to play with a little more structure and composure. Great carrying from Josh Allen and Sam Butler moved Stamford ever closer and following a series of pick and drives, Angus Collett crashed over from short range to get the home side on the board.
Ten minutes later hard running and a crafty offload from Callum Corbett saw centre Dunbar dot down under the sticks. Oundle replied with a penalty. Stamford were now starting to gain some ascendancy at the breakdown and the backs were starting to find a few holes. A clever chip from fly half Henry Hives was gathered and to return the favour Dunbar gathered, fixed the full back and put Corbett away to score.
Oundle responded brilliantly after the break and mauled over to take 5 points after a series of Stamford penalties. This seemed to galvanise the home side and seconds later a fantastic series of attacks across the park created an overlap allowing Tom Roper to dive over in the corner. The icing on the cake came from scrum half Davies who made a cracking break, fixed the full back and put George Cox away to take the score to 31-8.
The previous weekend Stamford overcame a strong Stowe side albeit in the last five minutes of the contest. Captain Charlie Dunbar was full of praise for his troops; “We let ourselves down last week, so the boys were determined to get it right. Oundle is always a tough game but we fronted up and made some significant improvements this week.”
Stamford entertain Rugby School this Saturday 1430ko.