Hooker Hat-trick Takes Stamford to Last 16
A hat trick of tries from hooker Josh Allen, in a commanding away win at The Leys School, allowed Stamford School First XV to book their place in the last 16 of the UKs leading schools rugby tournament, the NatWest Cup.
It was the Stamford pack that set the tone for the game after great work from the kick off, leading to a penalty which was consequently poked into the corner. A penalty and another driving maul allowed Allen to dot down before full back Crellin added a brilliant touchline conversion into the wind. The home side continued to use the wind to gain territory and Stamford scrum half Tom Davies controlled the game brilliantly to get Stamford continually out of their own half. The pressure started to build and following a series of drive and quick passes winger Kieran Pegrum-Milner scooted round his man to score. At 12-0 Stamford continued to field kicks deep in their own half and then build the phases as they moved up the pitch. On half time after a passage of quick recycling Josh Allen crashed over for his second.
Stamford started the second half brightly, completing their tackles aggressively and forcing turnovers. With The Leys struggling to get out of their own half, Jack Jones finished off a great move down the shorts side before more forward dominance allowed Allen to crash over for his third from short range. By this stage Stamford were in full control and now speeding the game up. Winger Pegrum-Milner rounded his man inside his own 22 and went the full 80 to the line showing the proverbial “clean pair of heels” for the score of the game. Following changes on both sides Stamford continued to dominate proceedings and back rower George Cox took a great pass from fly half Hives to sprint under the posts. Full back Crellin added another conversion to take the score to 43-0.
Captain Charlie Dunbar was very pleased with his team; “The boys did very well, having not played together for five weeks. They showed great control in the first half and were clinical with their chances. We can’t wait for the next round, it will be very tough but they’re the games you want to play in.” Stamford go into the last 16 of the NatWest Cup for the 3rd season in a row.