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Stamford School pass tough test

 Stamford School Under 14s passed their toughest test so far this season - having previously defeated The Perse 55-12 and Oundle 37-17 - and continued their unbeaten run of matches to lift the Uppingham-Newcastle-Oundle-Stamford (UNOS) Cup in a festival at Oundle School last weekend.

In the first game, a great defensive effort from the whole side and a double from Ben Shepherd was enough to beat a tough and previously unbeaten side from Royal Grammar School Newcastle. Finn Vergalen and Eddie Hudson were very influential at the breakdown.

In game two versus Uppingham, the side, led by skipper David Jennings, produced a great second-half attacking display to win 12-0. Two well-worked team tries, finished off by Henry Wills and Alex Waycott, proved to be the difference.

The final was a tense affair against the hosts Oundle, which had everything in it that was good about schoolboy rugby. Sam Evison and George Burgess controlled the play patiently and after six minutes a great line from Callum Corbett put Ewan Hatt through a gap to go under the posts from half way.

The second half saw play move up and down the park as two excellent sides created chances, but failed to convert under great pressure from each other’s well organised defences. Stamford had not conceded a point all afternoon and despite waves of Oundle attack their defence proved too strong and the referee blew for full time.